PHILADELPHIA — Comedian Sarah Silverman said her on-stage denunciation Monday night of Bernie Sanders supporters who aren’t yet backing Hillary Clinton as “ridiculous” was unplanned.
“No, it wasn’t scripted at all,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview alongside Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, himself a former comedian.
She said it occurred because, “like an old-timey movie,” Democrats were ahead of schedule so a stagehand was encouraging her and Franken to stretch their introduction to musician Paul Simon.
At the Democratic National Convention, Silverman had said to “Bernie-or-bust” people: “You’re being ridiculous.”
Silverman said she thinks the Vermont senator convinced most of his supporters — except “fundamentalists” who are “nutso” — to back Clinton.
“Well, if Sanders can’t convince his own supporters, then who can?” she said.
She also explained her shift during the Democratic primary from supporting Clinton to backing Sanders, and now once again backing Clinton.
“I think most Sanders supporters are reasonable people who think, you know, Bernie and Hillary have so much in common. They have a lot of the same values,” she said.