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Actress Genesis Rodriguez Reacts to Donald Trump's Controversial Behavior Toward Latinos: "We Need to Unite Now"

Actress Genesis Rodriguez Reacts to Donald Trump's Controversial Behavior Toward Latinos: "We Need to Unite Now"

By Patricia Reynoso

Donald Trump and his supporters' latest antics have the Latin community dumbfounded.

A quick catch-up: Last week, video surfaced of one of Donald Trump's security guards forcibly removing Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos, who was attempting to ask a question about immigration, from a press conference in Iowa. After Ramos, who has been called the Latino Walter Cronkite, exited the room, cameras caught something equally shocking: A Trump sympathizer outside of the press conference, telling Ramos — one of Time's 100 Most Influential People — to "get out of my country."

"I am a U.S. citizen," said the esteemed journalist, to which the man replied, "Well, whatever."

Miami-born actress Genesis Rodriguez, whose mother is Cuban and father is Venezuelan, posted the video on her Instagram page last week with the comments, "Thank you for igniting the fire in us," and "Time to vote mi gente." Shortly after, when I sat down with her for an upcoming Glam Belleza Latina interview, she elaborated on her feelings toward the Ramos controversy and Trump. Her exclusive-to-Glamour comments here:

"I just watched a clip of Jorge Ramos getting kicked out. I was livid. I could not wrap my head around this. We can see how ignorant this is but people are actually listening to this guy [Trump]. It needs to be stopped. I posted the video on my Instagram in the hopes that Latinos unite. We really need to speak to each other and address it because it's becoming a problem for all of us. It doesn't matter if you’re Cuban, Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican. It doesn't matter. They're speaking and hating on all of us. We need to react now. Unite now. This is our only shot to show them who we are."

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