Eva Longoria has apologised after she was accused of ‘undermining Black women’ after suggesting Latina were the ‘real heroines’ of Joe Biden’s US presidential win.
The Desperate Housewives star appeared on MSNBC amid celebrations as Biden won the 270 electoral college votes to take the White House after a battle with Donald Trump.
According to AP, Biden won 55% of women’s votes nationwide, backed by 56% of voters under 45 and 90% of Black voters – while Boston Globe reported ‘vote tallies and preliminary exit polls show Latinos overwhelmingly came out for Biden in record-shattering numbers, helping him score victories in the heavily Latino populated states of Arizona and most likely Nevada, as well as potentially playing a key role in wins in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and possibly Georgia’.
Longoria said in a TV interview over the weekend ‘the Black and the Brown communities delivered for Biden’
Saying Latinas themselves delivered key states, Longoria went on: ‘The women of colour showed up in a big way. 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 and voting for Biden/Harris at an average rate close to three to one.’
Longoria – who MC’d the opening night of the 2020 Democratic Convention – was hit with intense backlash online following her comments, as she was accused of ‘anti-Blackness’ and ‘erasing’ and ‘diminishing’ Black Latinx women.
Sharing a statement on Twitter on Monday morning, Longoria apologised for her comments and clarified the meaning behind her words.
Nevada has also since been called for Biden and Harris by AP, bringing them to 290 electoral college votes.
Biden released a statement moments after his victory was declared just before 11:30am EST on Saturday, saying: ‘America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.
‘The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.
‘I will keep the faith that you have placed in me.’
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