“Brilliant move! No one is more in touch with the challenges & obstacles faced by everyday Americans than actors & celebrities,” Rubio tweeted alongside a video of Longoria emceeing the event.
Longoria, known best for her role on “Desperate Housewives,” has a long-running history of political activism, philanthropy and advocacy for disadvantaged groups. She’s been a vocal advocate of political issues faced by Latino communities and in 2012 created the Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latino families through education and entrepreneurship. She was also a top fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and national co-chair of his 2012 reelection campaign. She’s spoken at the last two Democratic National Conventions, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012 and Philadelphia in 2016. She also co-founded the Latino Victory Fund, an organization that works to build Latino representation in politics, which was the first national Latino group to endorse Joe Biden for president.
Longoria’s political résumé aside, some critics noted that a former reality TV star and real estate mogul currently leads Rubio’s party and happens to be president of the United States. Others noted the lineups at previous Republican National Conventions.
See some of the reaction below:
Cuz Trumps & Kushners are so in-touch w/challenges & obstacles of everyday Americans.
Unlike Trump, @EvaLongoria is self-made. She didn’t get millions in bail-outs from her daddy.
Unlike you, she doesn’t remain in complicit silence while our community is demonized. https://t.co/chojIBk1kD
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 18, 2020
.@marcorubio, shame on you. I am involved in this convention but not an actor or celebrity. My daughter was murdered in the state you represent because of the gun violence you fail to address. This convention represents me & all others wanting leadership. Real Americans.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 18, 2020
You literally elected a Reality TV star to be the President.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 18, 2020
Eva Longoria has a BS in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville & a Masters in Chicano Studies from CSUN. Her thesis was titled: “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers”
Trump supporters: Why is the chick from Desperate Housewives speaking?
— Meredith Lee (@meralee727) August 18, 2020
Remind me, is Scott Baio appearing at the GOP Convention?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 18, 2020