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03/31/2016 09:52 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Susan Sarandon and Robert De Niro Need Better Lines

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Susan Sarandon blew up the Internet with her comments about not voting for Hillary Clinton if Bernie Sanders didn't get the Democratic nomination. She was pressed in an interview and said that having Trump as President might not be a bad thing because

'some people feel that Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately if he gets in, things will really explode.' Asked if she thinks that's 'dangerous,' she replied, 'It's dangerous to think that we can continue the way we are with the militarized police force, with privatized prisons, with the death penalty, with the low minimum wage, threats to women's rights and think you can't do something huge to turn that around.

Don't let the well-formulated sentences fool you. Her thinking is as shallow as Trump's.

But then so is Robert De Niro's in support of Hillary Clinton. His view?

I think that she's paid her dues. There are going to be no surprises, and she has earned the right to be president and the head of the country at this point. It's that simple. And she's a woman, which is very important because her take on things may be what we need right now.

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Really? Is that how it works in the U.S.? You "earn" the "right" to be President? What about the voters? Don't they count? And since when is being President a right rather than an honor and a responsibility? Hey, why not say Bill Clinton's earned the right to a third term and a change in the Constitution since he's been such a stalwart and dignified ex-President?

Sarandon and De Niro should get better scripts. Or just keep quiet. They may speak well, but they sound like meatheads.

Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books in genres from mystery to memoir.