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01/28/2016 04:53 pm ET

Why Susan Sarandon Feels Like Hillary Clinton 'Failed' Her

"It is one thing to be for gay rights and gay marriage once everybody else is for it. That's not difficult."

Susan Sarandon seemingly went after Hillary Clinton's checkered history with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community while rallying on behalf of 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

In a Wednesday speech at a town hall in Mason City, Iowa, Sarandon, 69, praised Sanders as "consistent, principled and incredibly brave," and likened his presidential campaign to that of President Barack Obama in 2008, ABC News reports

Sarandon did not mention Clinton by name, but seemed to take a jab at the 2016 Democratic candidate, who only came out in favor of same-sex marriage in 2013, after Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

“Gender is not what’s important,” she said. “Issues are what's important. I want a candidate who has the courage to stand to do the right thing when it is not popular.”

She then added, "It is one thing to be for gay rights and gay marriage once everybody else is for it. That's not difficult." 

Following the speech, Sarandon explained her reasons for backing Sanders in his White House bid, arguing that Clinton "failed" her, CNN reports.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the actress hinted that her rally remarks were made with the intention of taking Clinton to task over her shift on same-sex marriage.  

"There's a number of issues where she has come around, but she very clearly equivocated or was not there in the beginning," she told the Daily Mail. "It's great that she came around, but wouldn't it be great to be a leader instead of a follower, especially if you're going to hold the highest office in the land?"

Still, whether or not Sanders should be truly praised as a marriage equality pioneer is questionable. The Vermont senator officially backed same-sex marriage in 2009, four years before Clinton. While he supported civil unions as far back as 15 years ago, Sanders did so mostly because of his strong belief in state's rights, and largely avoided the subject of legal marriage for same-sex couples at the time. 

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