Tony Goldwyn took the DNC stage in support of his friend Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night.
The Scandal star appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to introduce the Mothers of the Movement, which includes the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-Americans whose deaths have fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Hillary Clinton has spoken of watching Nelson Mandela embrace his former jailers because he didn’t want to be imprisoned twice,” the actor said before speaking of his work with the Innocence Project and introducing a DNC video titled “She’s With Us” and the Mothers of the Movement.
“I am proud tonight to introduce a group of women profoundly impacted by injustice and violence, who have turned their pain into power and their outrage into action,” he continued. “They are the Mothers of the Movement.
“They understand that we must reach out to each other because of our diversity, because we are stronger together.
“Hillary says we can’t hide from these hard truths about race and justice in America,” he added. “We have to name them and own them, and then change them. That’s what she’ll do as President.”
He concluded: “The Mothers of the Movement prove that one life at a time, one Mother at a time, we can change the world.”
The crowd erupted into a “Black Lives Matter” chant as the Mothers of the Movement took and left the stage. After their speech, the crowd gave them a standing ovation.
Goldwyn, who plays Republican President Fitzgerald Grant on the ABC show, is an avid Clinton supporter along with the rest of his cast. Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo teamed up with their creator Shonda Rhimes for an endorsement video for Clinton that aired on ABC earlier this year.
In February, Clinton was on the Scandal set during a fundraising visit to Los Angeles.
Goldwyn joined host Elizabeth Banks in Tuesday night’s star-studded lineup of speakers, which included headliner and former President Bill Clinton, as well as Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, Debra Messing and Meryl Streep.
Clinton made history during the second night of the four-day convention when she won the Democratic nomination and became the first female major-party nominee.
The nominee appeared via satellite to conclude the night, shattering a video montage of past presidents and delivering a message to the young girls watching: “I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”