Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria is in hot water with fellow liberals after making a comment that “Latina women were the real heroines” in the election process, which drew heavy criticism from the black community.
Longoria walked back her statement on Twitter later that night. “About my MSNBC interview, Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones,” she wrote. “Black women absolutely should be applauded and lifted up! They brought this victory home in a BIG way!”
In an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber Sunday night, the Democratic activist was discussing how women of color were responsible for casting a large amount of the votes that helped elect Joe Biden into office.
“Does the Democratic Party understand why it’s back in power?” Melber asked and cited “the power of young voters and particularly the diverse coalition and really the people of color, and specifically women of color, putting Joe Biden over the top and what that means.”
Longoria responded with commentary about Latina women that simultaneously discounted the voting contributions of black women. “The women, of color, showed up in big ways. Of course you saw in Georgia what black women have done, but Latina women were the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state, voting for Biden-Harris at an average rate close to 3 to 1.”
Longoria’s soundbite also downplayed the role of Hispanic men’s decisiveness in the home, business, and at the polls. “Latinas are the CEOs of the households; they make all the financial decisions and health care decisions and educational decisions,” she said. “Many Latinas are small business owners and they wanted a plan for recovery for themselves, not for Wall Street, and so Trump’s policies were never aimed at the struggling Latina community.”
She claimed Latina’s rose above voter suppression by driving long distances to wait in long voting lines, despite the restrictions placed on them by the pandemic. “That spirit and perseverance that Latinas use in their daily life, the struggle to pay their bills and the struggle to show up to their jobs and homeschool their kids and take care of their elders, that’s the same perseverance and spirit they used to show up to the polls,” she added.
Eva Longoria to @AriMelber on the impact of Latina women: “That spirit and perseverance that Latinas use in their daily life, the struggle to pay their bills and the struggle to show up to their jobs … that’s the same perseverance and spirit they used to show up to the polls,” pic.twitter.com/BiATbXbaeG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 9, 2020
Twitter users responded to MSNBC’s post by blasting Longoria for her remarks. Here are the best posts:
I like how she makes sure to sound as contemptuous as possible towards black women and then immediately downplays our contributions and gives all credit to Latinas. Really makes you feel appreciated ?????
— ? (@cidknees) November 9, 2020
Eva Longoria is absolutely wrong in this and has no idea what she's talking about. Black women voted for Biden at a 91% rate, more than any other racial group. She needs to worry about how some Hispanics are becoming the new Whites here pic.twitter.com/opynHt0iGw
— Professor Saikou (@sai_phisticated) November 9, 2020