Susan Sarandon is standing strong in her support for Bernie Sanders and refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton, but in a recent Huffington Post op-ed, ex-husband Tim Robbins begs Bernie supporters to think again.
“In a time of insanity, I’m voting for Hillary,” Robbins writes. “Aside from the despicable racism and sexism of the reality show star, aside from his tax evasion and lying and bankruptcies, Trump denies climate change. Trump wants to be a ‘law and order’ president in a time when crime is at all time lows. Trump has shown an alarming disrespect for women and teenage girls.”
By contrast, Robbins highlights that Clinton supports the Paris Accord and alternative energy. “Hillary has promised to continue reforming the broken and racist criminal justice system,” he continued. “Hillary promises to be a president in advocacy of women and children.”
Robbins argues that there will never be a place for progressives at the table in a Trump administration. In a Clinton White House, progressives have someone who can’t ignore them.
“Those of us that work for change in various causes have found a place at the table in the recent Democratic administration,” he wrote. “It took a while, but our voices were heard and a mutual belief and shared mission led to real change. A pipeline was stopped, rehabilitative programs restored, sentencing for non-violent crimes reduced, funding for arts education increased, gay marriage became legal, millions of people that couldn’t afford insurance now are covered.”
He explains that none of the progressive things that the Obama administration has achieved would ever have been close to possible if Sen. John McCain or former Gov. Mitt Romney were in the White House.
For those waging a protest vote for a third party, Robbins has this to say: “Jill Stein is no Ralph Nader, and Gary Johnson is no Teddy Roosevelt ― and neither of them has shown us any examples of their past advocacy leading to any significant change.”
He pleads with progressives to work within the Democratic party to move it toward progress instead of starting from scratch.
“The people that Bernie Sanders engaged can either be their allies for the future or a constant thorn in their side,” Robbins wrote. “The Democrats must get over this notion that they are owed anyone’s vote because their candidate isn’t as bad as the other. Remember, that despite the narrative we have heard ad nauseum about Nader giving us Bush, more Democrats voted for Bush than for Nader in Florida in the 2000 election. Nader didn’t cost Gore the election. The Democrats that didn’t vote Democrat cost Gore that election.”
he beggs people to stop Donald Trump and protect the country by voting for Clinton in battleground states. After the election he calls on all progressives to hold Clinton accountable to the progressive values the Democratic party holds.