Latine celebrities called out President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers on Wednesday after an attack on the U.S. Capitol. During the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory, a mob of pro-Trump rioters forced their way into the Capitol building to disrupt the electoral vote count.
Order was restored hours later and the certification started again late Wednesday, but some Republicans in the Senate and House still objected to Biden’s electoral results. Actress America Ferrera (Superstore) called out six Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Cindy Hyde-Smith, for continuing to push “Trump’s big lie about election fraud.”
Actor John Leguizamo (Critical Thinking) said Trump inciting “a coup of sedition” was treason.
Singer Demi Lovato wrote that she couldn’t believe what was happening in Washington, D.C. She shared a statement from Black Lives Matter wondering where the police response was when Trump supporters broke into the Capitol. In another tweet, she said she was “in the studio working on something special after today’s assault on democracy.”
Actress Michelle Rodriguez (Furious 7) referred to Stacey Abrams as a “super héroe” and sent “lots of love & light to D.C.”
Meanwhile, after Trump made a statement from the White House during the attack, actress Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) retweeted New York-based Latina organizer Cristina Jiménez to point out his refusal to condemn rioters. “Don’t forget that today the President of the United States, Donald Trump, said to domestic terrorists: ‘We love you, you’re very special,’” Jiménez tweeted.
Actress Eva Longoria (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) retweeted Abrams, who reminded people that Georgia’s big victories meant the election of Jon Ossoff, the Jewish son of an immigrant, and Reverend Raphael Warnock, the state’s first Black Senator.