Debra Messing stopped by Watch What Happens Live Thursday and played an unexpected game of “Would You Rather?” when a caller asked who she’d rather be stuck in an elevator with: President Trump or Susan Sarandon.
“I think Trump,” Messing replied, much to the surprise of Andy Cohen.
“Wow, I thought you were going to go the other way, but you know what? Maybe you could make some policy changes,” he said.
“Yes!” Messing agreed. When Cohen asked if she knew the president, the actress and political activist said they would occasionally cross paths at events like the Emmys during his Apprentice days, but that’s it.
Messing’s choice might not be that surprising after all, as she and Sarandon have been at odds politically for years. The Will & Grace star was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton while Sarandon backed Bernie Sanders before ultimately voting for the Green party nominee, Jill Stein, in 2016.
The actresses sparred on Twitter last month, with Messing reigniting their feud after seeing Sarandon give an interview to Variety saying Trump has inspired more women and people of color to run for office.
“STFU SUSAN,” Messing said in a series of tweets last month. “Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street. Convince yourself that that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that HRC IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum, holding children INDEFINITELY in internment camps with their new policy, DESTROYING all attempts to protect our environment (yes the water you properted to care about), endangered animals, taking away women’s ACCESS to health care and legal abortion, trying to block POC from Voting with extreme Judges who will support jerrymandering efforts, not to mention destroying ALL good will and allied relationships across the Globe. Oh, and lest you forget Syria, Crimea, and putting PRO-RUSSIA agenda BEFORE the United States best interests. YES, do go on And LAUD the effect Trump has had. Out of DESPERATION & PANIC for the DESTRUCTION of the Soul of our country. But you don’t want to look at THAT part of the equation. Because then you’d have to admit you were dead WRONG running around bellowing that HRC was more dangerous than Trump. Only a self righteous, narcissist would continue to spout off and not – in the face of Americans’ pain and agony -be contrite and apologize for your part in this catastrophe. But, you do you Susan.”
Sarandon replied, telling Messing to calm down, but also that she fell for a clickbait headline.
It wasn’t entirely a clickbait headline, though, as Variety published its full interview with Sarandon online (the video can be found here), and some of her statements there did try to claim some positive effects of Trump’s election.
“And [there are] so many women in primaries, and now we’ve got more elections coming up. Those people — you never saw that population running, so many women. I think, like, 40 percent more women are running for office,” Sarandon told Variety. “We’re on the verge of having the governors of Florida, Georgia, and Maryland be people of color and one woman. This is a revolution, [though] it may not seem like one.”
Sarandon continued: “Maybe things had to get so bad before real change could actually happen. We just have to stay awake — and also, the kids are on fire. … I never heard kids in high school say, ‘I can’t wait to vote.’ That’s huge … that’s what’s going to make the change. I say take me down, take over, get rid of all these old people and get the young blood in there. They’re going to make the difference, and I’m very hopeful because of them.”
It’s unclear if Sarandon caught wind of Messing’s elevator pick, but it’s likely the feeling might be mutual.
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