Chris Hayes to Sarandon: Did You Properly Appreciate What a Trump Presidency Would Look Like?


Susan Sarandon got some flak last year for talking about how Donald Trump might bring about a revolution if he won the election, and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked how she feels about that statement now that he’s president.

He spoke with Sarandon and documentarian Josh Fox tonight––both of whom are protesting the Dakota pipeline––and Hayes asked Sarandon, “Do you feel that you properly appreciated what a Donald Trump presidency would be?”

Sarandon said it’s a waste of time and energy to dwell on the past, and that it’s a good thing for the populace to be so active now. Hayes pointed out that as bad as the status quo was a year ago, there were ways it could get worse, like, say, the head of Exxon becoming the Secretary of State.

Fox talked about the failures of the Democratic party to fully excite the progressive base, particularly on the issue of fracking.

Hayes shot back that the voters ended up choosing the person who wants to “frack the entire country,” and asked them, “Can you look me in the eyes, both of you, and say, ‘Yes, 24 days into the Trump administration, this is about what I expected it to be’?”

Sarandon shot back, “What is the point of even saying that?”

She confronted Hayes about whether he’s adequately covered big issues people care about, and Hayes shot back that of course certain things get more coverage than others. He told Sarandon she could be focusing on other issues too, but she doesn’t because she’s choosing her battles.

The interview ended with Sarandon saying the one positive thing about Trump winning is that people are finally “awake” and participating.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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