Will Eva Longoria Be At The DNC? The Actress Is A Staunch Hillary Clinton Supporter
The Republican National Convention came to an end Thursday night, but the Democratic National Convention isn't starting until next week. The four-day event will launch on July 25 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where numerous celebrities — from Lena Dunham to Chloë Grace Moretz — are expected to make an appearance. So will Eva Longoria be at the DNC, too? The Desperate Housewives actress and political activist spoke at the convention back in 2012, and is expected to be in attendance this year as well.
Longoria has been involved with politics since former President Bill Clinton ran in 1992, and in 2012, she served as a campaign co-chair for President Obama. During this election cycle, she has supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Appearing at a pre-caucus rally in February, Longoria — along with America Ferrera — endorsed Clinton, her reasoning being that "for over three decades she’s fought for us. Now it’s time to fight for her." Longoria's decision wasn't particularly surprising; as early as 2013, she said she would "absolutely" campaign for Clinton if she chose to run — and she clearly stayed true to her word, as she is preparing to head to Philadelphia next week.
Although Longoria will definitely be in attendance at the convention, it is unclear whether she will actually be speaking there. People has reported that Longoria is set to make an appearance alongside singers Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and Alicia Keys, but she is not currently scheduled to speak. However, I texted the number that Longoria mentioned in her tweet above, and the response included this tidbit: "We'll text you when Eva speaks at the DNC." So it's possible that she will speak after all, though this has not been confirmed.
Longoria's support has been valuable for the Clinton campaign, especially as it has tried to appeal to Latinx voters. On multiple occasions, Longoria has come to Clinton's defense; speaking on ABC's "The View" back in February, she made a strong argument in the former Secretary of State's favor.
[Clinton has] spent a lifetime of her career being criticized and I think it is important, it is monumental. I'm not voting for her because she's a woman, I'm voting for her because she's the most qualified human running in this race... but I want to make sure people are not not voting for her because she's a woman.
Heading into the convention next week, Clinton will need more of this kind of support from Longoria and others if she hopes to convince Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters to rally around her come November.