Kerry Washington Talks Presidential Election: “Not Voting Is Voting Against Ourselves”
Kerry Washington hasn’t been one to shy away from using her celebrity to spread positive messages. After penning an open letter about the traumatizing violence regarding the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, the actress is now speaking on the upcoming presidential election.
Recently appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher, Washington kept it real about her doubts of a Donald Trump presidency. When Maher asked, “Does it focus the mind, you think, with what’s going on with the nation when you know a little child of yours will be dealing with the repercussions of whoever becomes president?”
Quite vocal about her support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Washington responded, “I’ve always been a very political person, and mostly, not because I’m in the public eye but because I’m an American and I think we have a right and a responsibility to participate in our democracy. So, having a child might open up my mind to the issues like this ridiculous maternity leave that Trump talked about recently.”
Washington also expressed her thoughts on Trump’s newly-announced Child Care and Maternity Leave policy, saying it was “insulting to families and workers because there’s no paternity leave, there’s no family leave.”
“I think we if we really look at policy, voting for Trump is voting against our best interest as Americans; as workers, as people of color, as women. Not voting is voting against ourselves,” Washington concluded.