These Latinas Rocked The DNC With Their Powerful Speeches
The Democratic National Convention started on some pretty rocky ground, but the list of speakers, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, really turned the mood around. There were two other speakers, though, that really gave the crowd some touching and thought-provoking speeches: Eva Longoria and Demi Lovato. Both touched on different issues that many Democrats and Americans have been thinking about this election cycle.
Eva Longoria set the record straight on just how we came to have that border.
Longoria shared her own personal story of being part of a family that had been in the same town for decades when all of a sudden the U.S. took control of what is now Texas. Overnight, her family went from living in Mexico to living in the U.S. through no control of their own.
Then she went in on Donald Trump, starting with the criminal and rapist tagline of his entire campaign.
“In fact, my father is a United States veteran,” Longoria told the crowd in Philadelphia.
“When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter…”
Longoria also called out Trump on his sexist comment about how “a wife who works is a very dangerous thing.”
Not only was he insulting Longoria herself, who is a working wife and mother, she also felt it insulted her mother. As she explains in the speech, her mother worked as a special needs educator for 30 years while raising four children and being a loving wife.
All of this led to Longoria’s greatest moment in the speech, where she points out the diversity in the DNC compared to the RNC.
“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.”
During the same day at the DNC, Demi Lovato took the stage to talk about mental health issues in the country.
“But I’m lucky,” Lovato continued. “I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility.”
She warned about the serious effects not getting proper treatment can have on a person with a mental illness.
“Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help,” Lovato said. “Either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
She even called on all politicians to support the fight to expand mental health care in the U.S. to help millions of Americans suffering in silence.
“I’m doing my very small part by having the treatment center that saw through my recovery on tour with me so that at least a small group of people, even for a brief moment, can have the same support that I received,” Lovato passionately told the crowd. “It may not be a lot, but we have to believe that every small action counts.”