Who would Sarah Silverman vote for in 2016? Unequivocally, without a doubt, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. In a new endorsement video, the comedian explains that her candidate has "always stood on the right side of history," and would continue to do so as president of the United States. But she didn't always feel this way.
"Hillary [Clinton] had always been my choice," Silverman said in the video. "I'm a feminist. Democratic woman president? Yes please."
There's a but, though, and for Silverman, it's a big one: Clinton accepts money from big business, which Silverman had previously thought to be a necessary evil amongst politicians looking to win the White House. That is, until she heard about a certain Democratic Socialist from Vermont.
"I'm not against Hillary, I just — I met someone I have more in common with," she continues, "and his name is Bernie Sanders," who she goes on to explain has not accepted corporate donations (and thus would remain unbound by the strings attached to those donations) because he "is not for sale." His platform, she says, is "a giant fuck you" to the billionaires who fund political campaigns in order to secure favors from the candidate in office.
What would Sanders do instead? Through the powers of (gasp!) socialism, Silverman said, he'd provide equal access to education, a liveable wage and healthcare. "I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who genuinely represents the interests of people, not as a stance, but as a core belief."
Silverman joins Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Justin Long, Mark Ruffalo and Mia Farrow in the ranks of celebrity Sanders supporters.