Julia Louis-Dreyfus blasts Trump: Immigrant ban 'is un-American'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus spoke out against President Donald Trump's controversial immigrant ban during her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards Sunday.
"I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant," said the Veep star while accepting the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series, the night's first prize. "My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France and I'm an American patriot and I love this country and because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American, so I say to you this: Our sister guild the WGA made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it."
She went on to read part of the statement: "Our guilds are unions of storytellers, who have always welcomed those from nations and from various beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America, we are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them."
The actress kicked off her speech with a joke about the Russian hacking scandal. "Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight's SAG awards, I look out at the million or probably even a million and a half people in this room, and I say this award is legitimate and I won," she said, drawing laughs. "I'm the winner, the winner is me. Landslide!"
Louis-Dreyfus joins a growing list of celebrities speaking out against the immigration ban, including Michael Moore and Kim Kardashian.
Season 5 of Louis-Dreyfus' political comedy Veep featured dramatic changes, both behind-the-scenes with a new showrunner and on screen as Dreyfus' Selina Meyer lost the election, leading to her exit from the White House.
The one constant on the show, besides laughs and expletives, are awards for the HBO comedy's star. For the character she described to EW as "a heinous individual, and yet I love her profoundly," Dreyfus has now won two SAG Awards to go along with her five consecutive Emmy victories.
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To nab the award, Louis-Dreyfus beat out Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, Grace and Frankie's Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Ellie Kemper.