Emma Watson really wishes that she could vote in the upcoming U.S. election. There’s just one problem: she’s English, so she can’t.
But that’s not stopped the 26-year-old actress from taking to Twitter to upload a powerful diatribe imploring women across the United States Of America to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton at the start of next month. But her words suggest she’d rather you vote for one of them in particular.
Watson called America her “second home” in her post, explaining, “I have friends there that I think of as family.” Because of these strong feelings, she added, “It has been excruciating to sit on the sidelines in the months leading up to this election. Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote.”
Watson then made it perfectly clear who she would vote for between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on November 8, if she had the power to do so. The Harry Potter and Bling Ring actress did this by uploading two quotes that underlined her support is with the Democratic candidate.
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The first of these came from Valerie Hudson’s Sex and World Peace, which read, “We know one of the most reliable indicators of peace and prosperity, nationally and globally, is not a country’s level of wealth, democracy, or ethno-religious identity; but how well its women and girls are treated.”
Watson then brought attention to another quote, this time from Desmond Tutu, that she tweeted out in 2014, which read, “Men and boys, we show our manhood by how we treat women.”
Watson added to these remarks with her own comments, too, as she wrote, “The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women and about their rights as citizens. These decisions affect how young people form their ideas or gender.”
Watson continued, “These decisions will affect whether we believe equality is an idea that matters… The American men I know and love know this. They know that the way a man treats women can’t be overlooked or brushed aside.”
Since the unearthing earlier this month of comments made by Donald Trump to NBC’s Billy Bush back in 2005, which saw the Republican Presidential candidate allude to sexual assault in a flippant manner, there has been a spate of sexual assault allegations that have followed.
As a result, Donald Trump’s popularity in the polls has diminished rapidly, and Hillary Clinton is now odds-on favorite to become the 45th President Of The United States, with many citing Trump’s lowly figures amongst female voters as one of the reasons why Clinton has such a lead over her rival.
Watson finished her tweet by encouraging the women of the United States Of America to cast their ballot, reminding them that in the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, there were 10 million more votes registered by women than men.
Watson concluded by writing, “In the last US election, 70 million women cast ballots versus 60 million men. Women, your vote could swing this election. Please go out and vote on the 8th of November. Read up on both sides of your state propositions (if you have any). You have real power to decide the future of generations to come.”
You can read Emma Watson’s full post regarding the upcoming U.S. election below.
Emma Watson isn’t the only Harry Potter veteran to have registered her opinion on the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Author JK Rowling has repeatedly slammed Donald Trump, and even as early as December 2015, she took to Twitter to respond to an article that compared the Republican nominee to Harry Potter villain Voldemort by writing, “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.”
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