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Eva Longoria slams Trump at DNC: 'My family never crossed a border, the border crossed us'

Published 26/07/2016 | 07:45

Eva Longoria waves as she arrives on stage during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
Eva Longoria waves as she arrives on stage during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
PActress Eva Longoria delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 2016: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
First lady Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up to the crowd after delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention
Actress Eva Longoria delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eva Longoria took a not so subtle dig during her Democratic National Convention speech, describing her experiences as a Mexican-American.

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The newly married actress (41) was one of many to speak at Monday night's address in Philadelphia and she took particular aim at Donald Trump's anti-Mexico sentiments.

"I'm from a small town in South Texas, and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico," she said. "I'm ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border; the border crossed us."

"When Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he's insulting American families. My father is not a criminal or a rapist, in fact, he's a United States veteran.

PActress Eva Longoria delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PActress Eva Longoria delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter, he was also mocking my special-needs sister Lisa and many like her."

"When he 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 40 years and raised four children while being a wife."

Later in the evening, First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage and delivered a powerful speech, which brought many in the crowd to tears.

"The story of generations of people who have felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation but who kept on striving and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn," she said.

July 2016: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 2016: US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Obama concluded with an endorsement for Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, saying: "And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

"And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise. A leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children."

First lady Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up to the crowd after delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention
First lady Michelle Obama gives two thumbs up to the crowd after delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention

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