Actress Susan Sarandon has long been an advocate for far-left policies and politicians, but her latest campaign against one top Democrat is raising eyebrows throughout the party.
Amid speculation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is positioned to sail through to another term in the leadership position, Sarandon is joining a movement calling for House Democrats to boycott her in an upcoming vote.
“A huge portion of the Dems want it”
According to Breitbart, the actress wants progressive lawmakers to withhold their votes for Pelosi unless the speaker promises to bring a vote to the floor on the topic of “Medicare for All.”
The 80-year-old Pelosi is up for re-election to the speakership on Sunday, though mounting pressure from the left has cast doubts on the odds that she will be successful.
A handful of left-wing legislators representing the so-called “Squad” on Capitol Hill have signaled that they might not support the speaker — including two incoming members who have offered equivocal reactions.
In her statement, Sarandon released a video endorsing the fledgling movement to “force the vote,” which calls on liberals in Pelosi’s caucus to make their support for her conditional on a vote to potentially pass an ambitious socialized healthcare proposal.
“This is at a time when 75% or more of the United States wants Medicare for All — a huge portion of the Dems want it, and a lot of Republicans also want it,” the Thelma & Louise star declared.
“A rare moment”
Sarandon went on to suggest that the maneuver is timely in light of the ongoing public health crisis, predicting that it could serve as a way to force Pelosi’s hand on the controversial issue.
“Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, if we can’t get it together to bring a vote on Medicare for All, when will be the right time?” Sarandon asked, as Breitbart reported.
She went on to single out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a prominent leader of the “Squad,” in hopes of prompting her to “show us we were right to believe that you were owned by nobody but your constituents” by backing the “force the vote” initiative.
Organizers of the movement have asserted that those on the left have some leverage in the matter, declaring this “a rare moment where Pelosi needs something from progressives,” according to Fox News.
For her part, though, Ocasio-Cortez has downplayed the feasibility of the movement, forecasting that the ploy would likely fail without significantly more support for the healthcare proposal among lawmakers in general, Business Insider reports.