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America Ferrera penned an open letter to Donald Trump thanking him for his “incredibly ignorant and racist” remarks about Mexican immigrants.
“What you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that,” writes Ferrera in a letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices. “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.”
The actress went on to list statistics about Latinos and how they are the “largest, youngest and fastest-growing constituency” in the U.S.
“I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election,” says Ferrera. “If you don’t believe me, you could ask President Bush or you could even ask President Obama.”
“You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America,” she adds before talking about the milestones the U.S. reached last week in regards to health care and marriage equality.
“Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community,” says Ferrera. “Thank you, Mr. Trump! Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat. Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government.”
“We will silence you at the polls,” she writes. “We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.”
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