Actress Eva Longoria took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night to speak out against Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Longoria, whose Evan Longoria Foundation provides education and business opportunities for Latina women, threw her support behind presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton before talking about her family’s background.
“I’m from a small town in South Texas, and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico,” the Desperate Housewives star said. “I’m ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border; the border crossed us.”
Longoria made a clear reference to Trump’s June 2015 statement that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” She said, “When Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he’s insulting American families. My father is not a criminal or a rapist, in fact, he’s a United States veteran.”
“When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter, he was also mocking my special-needs sister Lisa and many like her,” Longoria said. “When he said that a wife who works is a very dangerous thing, he not only insulted me, he insulted my mother who worked as a special-education teacher for 40 years and raised 4 children while being a wife.”
She went on to endorse Clinton, saying, “I believe in a candidate who believes in all of us,” and signed off by saying, “So guess what, Donald? It turns out America is pretty great already.”
The DNC continues through Thursday. See a clip from Longoria’s speech below.