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Susan Sarandon Still Glad She Voted for Jill Stein, Told Her Gay Friends Hillary Has ‘Been Terrible to Gay People’

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‘She’s Been Terrible to Gay People for the Longest Time’ Sarandon Says of Hillary Clinton

During the 2016 presidential campaign actress Susan Sarandon was an avid Bernie Sanders supporter. When Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination Sarandon refused to support her, instead voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein (who some on social media believe was knowingly or not part of Russia’s efforts to disrupt the U.S. election.)

Sarandon didn’t just vote for Jill Stein, she actively worked against Hillary Clinton, posting tweets attacking the Democratic nominee as late in the game as October 4.

Many believe those who voted for anyone but Clinton are, at least in part, responsible for putting Trump in the White House. It is true that in many states votes for third party candidates, including Stein and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, were more than enough to have given Clinton the win.

FiveThirtyEight’s Dave Wasserman makes it clear: in the three states in which Trump won the Electoral College vote where he was not expected to win – handing him the presidency – Stein’s votes, had they gone to Clinton, would have given Hillary the White House. For example, Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes, and 51,463 people voted for Stein.

Regardless, suffice it to say Sarandon, who has 570,000 followers on Twitter, is not sorry for supporting Stein, even though for her a Donald Trump presidency is far less destructive than it is for many minorities, LGBT people, and women overall. Sarandon has the wealth and privilege to protect herself from most of Trump’s policies and actions. Most others do not.

The Guardian‘s Emma Brockes interviewed Sarandon. In an article published Sunday, she asks, “Does she have any sympathy with the critique that casting a protest vote is the luxury of those insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency?”

“It wasn’t a protest vote. Following Bernie wasn’t a protest.” Voting for Jill Stein was, by any definition, a protest vote. “Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.” (We should also, she says, inching towards the space where the extreme right meets the left, be discussing how “you can’t judge by the mainstream media what’s going on in the country. How did we lose all our journalists and media?”)

And in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Brockes wanted to know if Sarandon “lost friends over all this.” 

“No. My friends have a right to their opinions. It’s disappointing but that’s their business. It’s like in the lead-up to Vietnam, and then later they say: ‘You were right.’ Or strangely, some of my gay friends were like: ‘Oh, I just feel bad for [Clinton]. And I said: ‘She’s not authentic. She’s been terrible to gay people for the longest time. She’s an opportunist.’ And then I’m like: ‘OK, let’s not talk about it any more.’”

Apparently, Sarandon has decided to not fight – but she continues to throw Clinton under the bus, attacking her as “terrible” to LGBT people, when the evidence says otherwise.

OUT magazine’s Rose Dommu sums up Sarandon’s remarks about her support of Jill Stein and her “audacity” of bringing “the gays into it” by saying simply, “Girl, please.”

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Bernie Sanders Reverses – Announces He Will Not Release His Full Medical Records Even After Heart Attack

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‘I Don’t Think We Will’

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, has announced he will not be releasing his full medical records after suffering a heart attack late last year. Sanders, 78, is currently seen as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

“We have released, I think, quite as much as any other candidate has,” Sen. Sanders said, defending his decision to reverse his promise of releasing a full set of medical records just after his October heart attack.

But in October, after the heart attack, Sanders said releasing his medical records was “the right thing to do.” He also had promised to release them “before the first votes are cast,” a deadline he’s missed.

“People do have a right to know about the health of a senator and someone running for president,” Sanders told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on October 10. “At the appropriate time we’ll make all the medical records public for you or anyone else who wants to see them.”

Here’s Sanders just after his heart attack promising to release his full medical records:

Tuesday night he gave a very different response.

“We released two rather detailed letters from cardiologists and we released a letter that came from the head of the U.S. Congress medical group, the physicians there. So I think we have released a detailed report, and I’m comfortable with what we have done,” Sanders told Anderson Cooper Tuesday night at a CNN town hall.

“If you think I’m not in good health come on out with me on the campaign trail and I’ll let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do,” Sanders joked.

Cooper pressed the three-term Senator if he would be releasing his full medical records in the future.

“I don’t think we will, no,” Sanders responded.

President Donald Trump was largely decried and mocked for his refusal to release his full medical records when he was running in 2016. He has never released a full set, and his White House physician’s reports have been largely received as fictive.

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MSNBC analyst and DailyBeast columnist Jonathan Alter called Sanders’ move “Trumpish.”

Talking Points Memo founder and publisher Josh Marshall weighed in:

 

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SCAM SHAM OR SLAM?

New Report Claims Barr Has Said He Is Considering Quitting if Trump Continues to Tweet About DOJ: WaPo

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The Washington Post Tuesday night reports Attorney General Bill Barr has told multiple people “close to President Trump” inside and outside the White House that he is considering quitting if the President continues to tweet about Dept. of Justice investigations.

“He has his limits,” said one person familiar with Barr’s thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, like others, to discuss internal deliberations.

The new report comes on the heels of what many believe to be a disinformation campaign coordinated by the DOJ and the White House last week, when Barr told ABC News that Trump tweeting about investigations makes it “impossible” for him to do his job.

Trump dismissed Barr’s remarks, and has continued to tweet about DOJ matters.

Many experts have gone as far as to say Barr believes his job is to protect the President, and Trump’s tweets just make that harder.

 

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Family of One of the Felons President Pardoned Donated Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Trump Campaign: Report

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Out of the blue President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned or commuted the sentences of eleven people. One of those who received a full pardon from the president is Paul Pogue, the founder of a large Texas construction company.

Pogue pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes over a three-year period by $473,000. The White House published a long list of the charitable giving Pogue has made to support Trump’s decision to issue the pardon.

“For more than 30 years, he has provided significant humanitarian aid to countries around the world, including Africa, India, and Mexico, all while continuing to help his fellow Americans in times of need,” the White House stated. “Mr. Pogue is the founder of two non-profit organizations.  One constructs churches, clinics, schools, and orphanages in developing countries.”

What the White House neglected to mention are donations to the Trump campaign made by his family after his conviction.

“According to FEC filings, Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Fund,” The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona and Asawin Suebsaeng report. “Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue—CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue—and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.”

The Daily Beast notes that just this past August, “Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month. The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.”

Along the way the Pogues a few made smaller political donations, including to Rick Santorum’s 2016 presidential campaign. Now a CNN contributor, Santorum argued for Pogue’s pardon.

“In 2015, Pogue and his family contributed $11,000 to Santorum’s 2016 campaign,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, making clear that Santorum “helped secure a pardon” for Pogue.

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