Debra Messing would rather spend more time with President Donald Trump than with Susan Sarandon

By Alexia Fernandez
October 05, 2018 07:20 PM
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The feud continues.

During an interview on Thursday night’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Debra Messing responded to a viewer who called and asked: “Who would you rather be stuck in an elevator with? Trump or Susan Sarandon?”

“Ooooh,” the audience could be heard saying as the Will & Grace actress took a brief moment to think about it.

“I think Trump,” Messing said with a grimace.

Host Andy Cohen looked surprised and responded, “Wow, I thought you were going to go the other way!”

He added, “But you know what, maybe you could make some policy changes. You’re a very convincing person.”

Debra Messing, Susan Sarandon
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“Yes! I think that, you know, if I had a moment alone with him that maybe I could,” she said.

Messing and Sarandon made headlines in the months leading up to the 2016 election and reignited that feud in early September when Messing tweeted at Sarandon to “STFU SUSAN.”

At the time, Sarandon, 72, had told Variety she believed Trump’s presidency had inspired more women to run for office. (Sarandon later tweeted her quotes were taken out of context.)

Despite the inaccuracy of Sarandon’s quote, Messing tweeted, “Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street. Convince yourself that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that [Hillary Clinton] IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum.”

Sarandon responded, writing “Debs, before you get yourself all self-righteous try clicking on the video and listening to what I actually say, not @Variety’s clickbait headline”.

The women continued to swipe at each other through retweets. Messing retweeted a tweet that read: “[Sarandon] seems perfectly happy at the suffering of others. Kids in cages.”

Messing also retweeted another response that said Hillary Clinton deserves praise for inspiring more women to run, not Trump.

“Every time Hillary Clinton ran, she inspired more women to run. Every time Hillary Clinton fought for Civil Rights, she inspired more PoC to run. Giving a man accolades for a woman’s accomplishments is one of the basic tenets of Patriarchy, you insipid t—waffle,” the retweet read.

Sarandon continued to stand up for her comments to Variety, writing “I understand why @Variety’s clickbait headline would be upsetting, but after you actually watch the video, you’ll see that’s not what I said. Now that you’re riled up, use that energy to call Collins, Murkowski & those Dem Senators still on the fence & tell them to #StopKavanaugh”, referring to the ongoing confirmation hearings for the new Supreme Court Justice.

The Thelma and Louise star has been a vocal critic of the Democratic party for years, while Messing was a vocal supporter of Clinton throughout her failed campaign.