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Following her win for best directing for a comedy series at the 2016 Emmy Awards, Transparent creator Jill Soloway equated Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to Hitler, calling him a “dangerous monster.”

Discussing her Amazon series’ second season — in which the show followed the Pfeffermans back to Germany, highlighting hate in both the past and present — Soloway said backstage, “Jews were otherized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing.”

“He’s otherizing people,” she continued. “He’s calling women pigs if they don’t look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people. This is otherizing with a capital O. It has been used in our history before to start and win wars, and he needs to be called out at every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He’s a complete dangerous monster and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will.”

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, who won lead actor for a comedy on Sunday, simply added, “Ditto, ditto, ditto.”

Soloway wasn’t the only star to attack Trump on Sunday night. Host Jimmy Kimmel mocked the GOP nominee during his opening monologue, laying blame for Trump’s candidacy at the feet of Mark Burnett, producer of The Apprentice. In addition, Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars on Veep, apologized “for the current political climate. Our show started as a political satire, but it now feels like a sobering documentary.”

Fellow winner Aziz Ansari also blasted Trump, slamming the nominee for his immigration policies. “I want everyone to know that after careful consideration I’ve decided I’m going with Trump,” Ansari said. “Which is why I’m recommending that we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately.”

Ansari then joked about throwing his mother and father out of the ceremony, as well as actress America Ferrera. “America Ferrera, nice try changing your name to America. You’re not fooling anybody. You’re out.”

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This half-hour drama by Jill Soloway follows the lives of the Pfefferman family, where nothing is as it seems.
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