Susan Sarandon Leads Protest against AOC: 'We’re Losing Hope That You Represent Us'
Actress seen protesting outside office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Leftwing Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon was seen leading protests outside the office of far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), expressing her disappointment in the Democrat lawmaker.
“I’m here to say to the 'Squad,' and especially AOC, who, you know did make a lot of promises, that we still have faith in you and we would like to see if you have a better plan than we’ve been able to see, please share it,” said Sarandon, a vocal supporter of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
"If there’s a pathway you’ve got that we’re not aware of, please share it.
"Because we’re losing hope here that you represent us.”
"It’s so difficult for people that are independent to get elected in the first place — and then to see the very people that sponsored the bill not stand up for it," she added.
AOC's performance in Congress has been "very disheartening," Sarandon told the protest crowd.
Organizers of the protest stated online:
To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad, Pramila Jayapal, House progressives, Bernie Sanders, and every member of Congress. Far too many who ran on Medicare for All are not FIGHTING for it as if our lives depend on it. That’s why we’re holding a rally and action for Medicare for all at AOC’s office in the Bronx this Monday.
In a video obtained by The Independent, the 74-year-old actress used a megaphone to address the gathering crowd.
Sarandon expressed her disappointment in AOC and "the Squad."
. @AOC "If you have a better plan than we have been able to see please share it... Cause we're losing hope that you represent us. " -@SusanSarandon during a protest outside AOC's Office pic.twitter.com/0N3obREtEx— Status Coup News (@StatusCoup) July 27, 2021
The protest was advertised as a Medicare-for-all rally and sought to bring attention to the need for "Biden to declare a pandemic public health emergency and expand Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act."
The protesters demanded AOC and others "use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare-for-all in Congress, including withholding and leveraging your votes to demand single-payer as a condition for passing legislation," per their website.
They also want politicians to "use your huge social media followings, ability to get press, and celebrity to organize direct actions for Medicare-for-all."
"So many of these progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on being activists fighting for change," the event organizers pointed out.
"It’s time for them to leverage that power to help call on the people to come out and pressure Congress to do the right thing for once.
"You campaigned on Medicare-for-all," the petition explained.
"But you didn’t demand a floor vote on it when you had the power to leverage the speaker vote.
"You didn’t demand that single-payer be included in the pandemic recovery bill."