Sunday 18 February 2018

Irish woman's disabled daughter launches inspirational attack on Donald Trump: He doesn’t see me... he doesn’t speak for me'

Anastasia Somoza speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: AFP/Getty
Anastasia Somoza speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. Photo: AFP/Getty

Robin Schiller

THE disabled daughter of a Dublin mother stole the spotlight at the convention of US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton after she slammed Donald Trump.

Anastasia Somoza (32), who is the daughter of Dubliner Mary Somoza, took to the stage on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The disability activist blasted Republican candidate Trump, telling him "you don't speak for me".

"Donald Trump doesn’t see me, he doesn’t hear me, and he definitely doesn’t speak for me,” she said.

Ms Somoza was invited to speak at the convention by Hillary and Bill Clinton, whom she has been friends with since 1993. She first hit the headlines when she asked then President Bill Clinton during a live TV debate why her disabled sister Alba was not able to attend the same class as her.

Anastasia has since interned for Hillary Clinton in her US Senate office.

Her mother Mary - through the website - has assisted families across the States who have children with disabilities.

Anastasia, who was born with cerebral palsy, didn't hold back in attacking Trump.

"I fear the day we elect a president who defines being an American in the narrowest possible of terms, who shouts, bullies and profits off of vulnera- ble Americans," she said.

"Donald Trump has shown us who he really he is. I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart.

"He's literally insulted almost every group, every person that makes up the fabric of our country," Ms Somoza added.

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