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Latino Celebs Write Open Letter Against GOP, ‘The Party of Trump’

by Tasbeeh Herwees

February 12, 2016
America Ferrera was among those who signed the letter. Photo via Flickr user Veni.

A group of Latino celebrtities—among them Benjamin Bratt, Ivonne Coll, America Ferrera, Dolores Huerta, George Lopez, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, and Carlos Santana—have signed an open letter to the Latino community, urging them to denounce the anti-Latino and anti-immigrant “fear mongering” of GOP candidates. The letter suggests that the hateful rhetoric of (leading) GOP candidate and sentient garbage dumpster Donald Trump has become representative of the entire GOP, especially as other candidates have done little to counter it.  

“Latinos should understand that Donald Trump embodies the true face of the entire Republican Party. Sadly, he speaks for the GOP’s anti-immigrant, anti-Latino agenda,” they wrote. “Candidates—including supposed ‘moderates’ like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio—used dangerous, divisive rhetoric and proposed harmful policies in their efforts to win over Trump’s radical supporters.”

The letter—released by the People for the American Way, a progressive nonprofit organization that monitors right-wing activities—encourages members of the Latino community to vote against the GOP candidates.

“It’s critical that all Americans, and especially American Latinos, stand up to the misrepresentation of our communities coming from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and any other candidate running on a platform of xenophobia and fear mongering,” Ferrera said in a separate statement. “The way to do that is to show up on Election Day. And that means young Latinos have to register and vote. We have the numbers and potential to make a difference.” 

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Latino Celebs Write Open Letter Against GOP, ‘The Party of Trump’