Julia Louis-Dreyfus' emotional SAG awards speech against Trump immigration ban

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered an emotional speech condemning President Trump’s immigration ban while accepting a Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday evening.

Dreyfus, the star of HBO’s hit show “Veep,” described her experience as the daughter of an immigrant.

"My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France,” Dreyfus said. “I’m an American patriot, and I love this country. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes, and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it's un-American.”

Dreyfus words were met with applause.

Dreyfus started her speech on a lighter tone, mocking Trump’s statements that he won the 2016 election in a landslide, despite not winning the popular vote.

“Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight's SAG Awards, I look out on the million or probably even a million and a half people in this room and I say, this award is legitimate and I won,” she joked. “I am the winner. The winner is me. Landslide."
Dreyfus also quoted a statement from the Writers Guild of America, which read: “Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from other nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.”

"Veep" is an award-winning, satirical comedy that mocks politics and those involved in them. Dreyfus compared her show to Trump’s performance in the 2016 election while accepting an Emmy for the award last year.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” she said last year. “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall ― and make Mexico pay for it.”

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'This Immigrant Ban Is a Blemish.' Read Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Julia Louis-Dreyfus used her acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night to speak out against President Trump's crackdown on immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.

Read the full text of her remarks below:
"I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.

So I say to you this: Our sister guild, the WGA, made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it:
'Our guilds are unions of storytellers who always welcomed those from the nations of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.'Thank you very much."


Julia’s hilarious Trump speech: ‘The winner is me, LANDSLIDE’

JULIA Louis-Dreyfus was just one of many stars who used their stage time to speak out against Donald Trump at today’s Screen Actors Guild Awards — but she also lightened the mood with a few jokes at the President’s expense.
Accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role in Veep, Louis-Dreyfus opened with a few well-chosen references to Trump’s tumultuous first ten days in office.

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“Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight’s SAG Awards ...” she began.

I look out on the million — probably even a million and a half — people in this room, and I say this award is LEGITIMATE and I WON,” she said, referencing the President’s wildly inflated crowd numbers for his own inauguration.

“I’M THE WINNER, THE WINNER IS ME, LANDSLIDE,” she laughed, before leaving the jokes aside.

“On a less insane note ... I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country by am horrified by its blemishes,” she said. “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”

Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t alone in admonishing Trump and his ‘Muslim ban’ executive order barring refugees immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries into the US.

Host Ashton Kutcher began by declaring himself a “citizen of the world.”

“Good evening everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are a part of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you,” he told audiences at the start of the ceremony.

Bryan Cranston offered some advice for Trump when he took to the stage to accept an award: “Don’t p**s in the soup all of us gotta eat.”

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