Mexican-American actress and multimedia mogul Eva Longoria made Latinos everywhere proud when she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention’s opening night, Monday (July 25). Among the slew of politicians and celebrities who would help introduce our first-ever woman presidential candidate, was Longoria’s 3-minute speech (watch below), which pretty much served as a big ‘FU’ to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Even though the DNC isn’t shaping up to be any less of a circus than last week’s Republican convention, there were still some praise-worthy moments and, for better or worse, the most quotable lines yet. Longoria’s address was among the most resonating. Peep the rundown.
“If you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico.” Poignantly reminding us of America’s ugly past of enslavement, genocide and colonialism.
“I’m 9th generation American. My family never crossed a border, the border crossed us.” In other words, her folks were here first.
“My father is not a criminal, or a rapist. In fact, he’s a United States veteran.” Smashing bigotry in the face, as so many other Latinos are not only members of the military, but agents of change in areas across education, agriculture, fine arts and more.
“When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter, he was also mocking my special needs sister, Lisa, and many like her.” Longoria again highlighting mental illness/health, after Demi Lovato opened up about bipolar disorder.
“When [Trump] 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 30 years, raised four children while being a wife.” Doing away with the society’s compartmentalization of women.
“I want you to take a look at your convention, Philadelphia. A Latina from South Texas is introducing the first black senator from New Jersey, on the week we’ll nominate our first woman candidate for President of the United States.” Bigging up all the voices historically marginalized and disallowed from the mainstream.