Actress America Ferrera hasn’t slammed Donald Trump for his derogatory comments about Mexicans. As someone who’s a Latina actress, a Mexican one at that, it’s surprising to hear that she’s thanking Donald Trump. Except, she’s not exactly “thanking” him.
Ferrara recently wrote an open letter to Donald Trump in response to the comments he made about Mexicans. In the letter she starts, “Dear Donald. You’ve said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they’re worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have the right to speak up even if I’m not a billionaire. Isn’t that awesome?”
Her letter continued, as she made a strong point, “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric. You are running for President in a country where the Latino population grew by over 49 percent from 2000-2012, while the rest of the country grew by 5.8 percent.”
“I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election.”
America Ferrera continued, and really drove her point home, “No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honor students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America.”
Ferrara isn’t the only Latina to speak out against Donald Trump. In fact, the Inquisitr reported just the other day that actress Eva Longoria compared him to Hitler at a panel. The Desperate Housewives addressed the derogatory comments by saying that Trump should “expect” the backlash that he’s currently receiving.
At the time, she said, “What I don’t think he understands and what people don’t understand is words create emotional poison. That’s what they do, they create emotional poison. Hitler moved a nation with words, just words. So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash.”
She continued, “It struck a [chord] within our community that touched our emotions so deep that I don’t want to contribute to that poison being spread because if I contribute, it’s just going to bring even more attention to the original comments.”
What do you think of America Ferrera’s open letter to Donald Trump?
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