Actress Rosario Dawson introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday, and Dawson wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.
Tuesday was a big day for Sanders, as he managed to win the states of Idaho and Utah in the primaries.
The crowd was very excited to see the candidate, but Rosario Dawson gave an impassioned speech that seemed to connect with the people attending the rally.
“You’re here because you’re talking to each other,” Rosario Dawson said, according to NBC. “Not because you’re being encouraged by the DNC, not because you’re being encouraged by the media, but because you’re talking to each other.”
Many people, like Rosario Dawson, have criticized how Sanders was largely ignored by the mainstream media for quite some time.
Dawson was also alluding to issues the Sanders campaign has had with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), including deciding to file a lawsuit against the DNC over it restricting access to voter files. The DNC had cut access to the campaign’s voter files when it was discovered that certain low-level staffers had briefly gained access to the Clinton campaign’s files, The Daily Beast reported. The DNC eventually gave the campaign access to the voter files again.
This isn’t the first time Dawson has voiced her opinion on politics. In March of last year, Rosario told MSNBC that voters need to continue fighting for equality and not let the momentum slow down. Dawson stressed the importance of being active in politics. Dawson is the co-founder of VotoLatino, an organization that encourages Latino citizens to lead in changing the country.
“If Bernie doesn’t take this all the way, if we don’t help him, if we don’t make sure he takes this all the way, net neutrality will be pushed back upon,” Dawson said. “Deborah Wasserman Schultz said the reason superdelegates exist is specifically to push back against grassroots organizing.” The crowd cheered loudly when Dawson simply mentioned Schultz’s name.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla, is the chair of the DNC. Many have accused Schultz of favoring Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, according to VICE. Rosario and many other Sanders supporters have used this as evidence that they must fight for Sanders that much harder.
Dawson is referring to comments Schultz made during an interview with CNN in February.
“Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,” Schultz said at the time, CNN reported.
Rosario went on to explain why she thinks a grassroots youth movement can change the election.
“The youth has been on the right side of history on every issue,” Dawson said. “They talked about those hippie college kids when they were protesting against Vietnam. Martin Luther King Jr., who Bernie Sanders walked with, couldn’t have gone and done what he did if it wasn’t for high school students who said, ‘I’m not afraid to do a sit in.'”
Bernie Sanders marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington, according to Salon. Rosario portrayed this election as one about fighting the status quo and coming together to make big changes.
Rosario also said that the people opposed the bailout of the banks and opposed the Iraq War, like Sanders did. Sanders has regularly used his vote against the Iraq War to go after Hillary Clinton, who voted in favor of the Iraq War.
Rosario Dawson held up her hands with Sanders when she was done speaking, and they both received a loud applause from the crowd. There was no word on if Dawson will continue to campaign for Sanders in the future.
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