Eva Longoria Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: "Words Create Emotional Poison"

Eva Longoria

The actress, producer and political activist added she's been hesitant to respond because she didn't want to give his comments more attention.

Eva Longoria is just the latest high-profile member of the Latino community to weigh in on Donald Trump's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Speaking at a luncheon for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Longoria admitted she'd refused to comment on Trump because she didn't want "to contribute to the emotional poison."

"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," Longoria told E!'s Marc Malkin of Trump calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and people bringing crime and drugs into the U.S. "Because if I contribute, it's just going to bring more attention to the original comments," she said.

But the Mexican-American actress, producer and political activist added, invoking Hitler, that words can be powerful and those who say provocative things have to be prepared for people to take offense.

"What I think he doesn't understand and what people don't understand is words create emotional poison. …Hitler moved a nation with words, just words," she said. "So you have to expect this backlash. If you say something like that, as he has said, you must expect a backlash."

Trump's remarks, made during his speech two weeks ago declaring his presidential candidacy, have already caused Univision, NBCUniversal and Macy's to cut ties with the real estate mogul.

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