America Ferrera has penned an open letter to Donald Trump, sarcastically “thanking’ him for his “incredibly ignorant and racist” remarks he made during his speech announcing his candidacy for president. Trump has sparked a universal firestorm with his comments about building a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out Mexican “rapists”, drug dealers, etc.
“I’m writing to say thank you,” writes the actress in the letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices. “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that,” she says. “Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
She goes on to write, “Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat. Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government. Thank you for sending out the rallying cry.”
Ugly Betty star Ferrera is of Honduran descent. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s degree from USC in international relations.