Susan Sarandon accuses President Joe Biden of ‘pulling a bait and switch’ around stimulus payments

‘The diff between $1,400 & $2K is a matter of survival,’ the Stepmom actor wrote on social media

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Friday 05 February 2021 18:40
Susan Sarandon on election

Susan Sarandon accused President Joe Biden and Democrats of pulling a “bait and switch” in regards to the party’s promised third round of stimulus checks.

“Where are the $2K checks you promised @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris @ReverendWarnock @ossoff?,” she tweeted Thursday (4 February).

“The diff between $1,400 & $2K is a matter of survival,” she said.

“If voters feel like Dems are pulling a bait and switch, don't be surprised when they don't show up in 2022 or 2024.”

The Stepmom actor is referring to campaign promises of $2000 stimulus checks for Americans as a form of economic relief during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

The latest plan for relief would send $1400 payments to individuals earning under $50,000; and $2,800 to married couples earning under $100,000.

That said, Biden and Democrats have taken into account the second round of stimulus payments, totaling $600, recently sent to Americans. The additional proposed amount of $1400 totals $2000, as some pointed out in response to Sarandon.

A vocal critic of presidential politics, Sarandon was a prominent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016. However, she came under fire that year for telling Chris Hayes in an MSNBC interview that she and other Sanders supporters might not support Hillary Clinton if Clinton became the Democratic nominee for president.

“You know, some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately. If he gets in, then things will really explode,” she said.

In response, the All In host asked if she thought it would be dangerous to allow Trump to become president, to which she replied: “If you think that it's pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you're not in touch with the status quo.”

The following year, in an interview with The Guardian, Sarandon doubled down on her criticism of Hillary Clinton, saying, “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she were president].”

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