Sharon Stone on Trump's "Hubris" and Bernie: "How Much Acid Has This Guy Taken?"
"We have leaders and people who are trying to be leaders who are running campaigns based on fear, and that's a contagion," said the actress. "Holocausts have occurred when that fire catches loose."
Sharon Stone is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the 2016 presidential election.
Like many in Hollywood, the actress endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008. Now eight years later, Stone feels it's the female candidate's time. "Look at everything she's been through. Why would she have been secretary of state during the most demanding and dangerous time this country has seen since World War II?" Stone tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She could go retire somewhere great, write a book, relax a little. It's not like she needs the $200,000 or whatever you make being president. She just cares about our country."
Stone, who headlined TNT's short-lived action drama Agent X last year, felt strongly that Clinton needed to serve as secretary of state before she could be president. "And she knows that," says the Basic Instinct actress, insisting the two have a "frank" and "open" relationship. "She showed such grit and grace as secretary of state, such steely calm and humor in those hearings. That's what it actually takes to be president. It takes a lot of friggin' mettle. It doesn't take a lot of flamboyancy or that George W. Bush let's-go-out-for-a-beer personality."
Lack of experience is also the reason Stone doesn't think Bernie Sanders is qualified for the job. "I do not believe that Bernie Sanders is in any way, shape or form prepared to be president. I think he's a very intriguing, outspoken, energetic campaigner — but there's a big difference between knowing how to put on a campaign and actually being president of the United States of America," she says. "And at 74 years old, some of his learning curve is not totally on the beat."
She went on to add that Sanders' age might be working against him. "Bernie seems pretty old just in general, and some of his ideas are a little bit old. He's not young doing this, and he didn't really work until he was 40 so I wonder, like, how much acid has this guy taken?" she says. "I really do, that's not a joke. We were so aggressive asking people, 'Did you smoke pot?' But in reality, how much acid has Bernie Sanders taken? Because there's a certain edge to his personality and way about his behavior that makes me wonder, 'How much LSD have you taken?'"
Despite her refusal to back him as a presidential candidate, Stone insists that she's a fan of Sanders personally. "I like him, don't get me wrong. He's just adorable. I'd like to have him over for dinner so that I could ask him a bunch of questions, but I think his ideas about taxation are a little bit disproportionate to reality," she says, suggesting that Sanders perhaps try his hand at the vice presidency instead. "That way he could at least see what it's like to be in conflict and negotiate inside those rooms because he clearly doesn't know."
Stone took a more somber tone when asked about Donald Trump. "We have leaders and people who are trying to be leaders who are running campaigns based on fear, and that's a contagion. It's horrible. Holocausts have occurred when that fire catches loose," she says, noting that she is taking action against certain laws that she believes are discriminatory like Mississippi's new "religious freedoms" bill, which allows businesses and public employees to deny service to LGBT people. As a result of Stone's protest, a short film she's starring in that was scheduled to shoot in the Southern state this summer is now relocating elsewhere.
But according to Stone, it's Trump and his "hubris" that's most alarming. "What can I say that he doesn't say for himself? I think the ever-changing muskrat on his head speaks worlds about his confidence," she says, adding that when other countries have seen the rise of controversial leaders, the result is often "major atrocities" and "international wars." "When I go abroad and listen [to what people say about us], I just feel very, very sad. It was one thing during the George W. time where you just had to sit in shame, but this?"
She also thinks the media is largely to blame for the Trump phenomenon. "Unfortunately, there is a lot of humor attached to [Trump] in the media, but it isn't funny and it wouldn't be funny [if he became president]," she says. "We really have to get that because if you look back at history of other countries who have faced this situation and the things that have had to occur to save lives, there's nothing funny about it."