Actress/progressive activist Susan Sarandon accused the Democratic National Committee (DNC) of being "completely corrupt" during a TV interview with CNN's Carol Costello on Thursday.
Sarandon endorsed Green Party candidate Jill Stein earlier this week in a letter posted to the Jill2016 website. "Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption," Sarandon wrote, in part.
A former Bernie Sanders supporter, Sarandon has criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her close ties to corporations and the big banks, voting for the Iraq War, and supporting fracking, among other issues.
When Costello asked Sarandon if she was supporting Jill Stein simply because she is the Green candidate, Sarandon (who is known for her environmental advocacy) talked about the big picture.
"I wanted to vote for somebody who, in some way, is concerned about the things that concern me. After my experience in the primary, it's very clear to me that the DNC -- and also reading the emails -- that the DNC is gone, and we need a progressive party, and so if [Stein] can get five percent the next time 'round, that means we could have a really viable third party."
When Costello asked Sarandon to explain what she meant by "gone" in the context of the DNC, Sarandon denounced what Sanders himself called a rigged system during his primary contest with Clinton.
"It's completely corrupt, and...every superdelegate is a lobbyist. And the way that the system is set up in terms of trying of having superdelegates — you could win a state and not get the delegates. It's crazy."