America Ferrera issued a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump’s hate from the stage of the Democratic National Convention last night.
“I’m America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist,” the star said in her remarks.
“You’re not Mexican,” HBO star Lena Dunham commented at her side.
“And President Obama isn’t Kenyan, but that hasn’t stopped Donald,” Ferrera quipped.
The two proceeded to dress down the Republican Presidential nominee, calling out his affinity for racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, Islamophobia, and just about any other feature that makes our nation uniquely diverse.
Ferrera — who has been active in driving out the Latino vote since the start of the Democratic Presidential primary last year — went a step further by noting the personal nature of Trump’s attacks.
“As a child of Honduran immigrants, I am profoundly grateful for the access and opportunity that exists in this extraordinary nation,” Ferrera said.
“I was educated in public schools; my talents were nurtured through public arts programs and occasionally I needed a free meal to get through the school day.”
“Not everyone looks at the millions of young people like me – children born into struggling families, children born to immigrant parents, children who are immigrants themselves – and sees an investment.”
“Donald’s not making America great again, he’s making America hate again,” Ferrera said. “The vast majority of us cannot afford to see his vision of America come to be.”
In her speech on Monday night, Eva Longoria echoed Ferrera, saying that “this election is very personal” to her.
“I’m from a small town in South Texas and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico. Now, I’m ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border, the border crossed us.”
“So when Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he’s insulting American families. My father is not a criminal or rapist, in fact, he’s a United States veteran.”
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is the most unpopular Republican nominee with Latino voters in modern American history. And with several months left in the general election and no sign of that so-called “pivot” on the horizon, Trump’s standing among Latino voters has no where to go but down.