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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.”
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