Dolores Huerta Responds to Rosario Dawson Over Sanders-Clinton Spat: 'When the Dust Settles... We Are Going to Be Together'
Mexican American civil rights hero Dolores Huerta said she holds no ill feelings toward actress Rosario Dawson over her open letter criticizing Huerta for supporting Hillary Clinton's candidacy. The co-founder of the United Farmer Workers said she respects Dawson and still considers her a friend. However, she argues that Dawson's letter divided Latino voters—a situation she blamed on the Sanders campaign.
"I think that our campaign for Hillary Clinton in the Latino community is being effective, and that's why [the Sanders campaign] is asking people like Rosario Dawson to come out and attack me," Huerta said. "I guess they think they can silence my voice by doing that."
Erika Andiola, national press secretary for Latino outreach for the Sanders campaign, said, "Anyone who reads her piece can see that this is not about dividing the Latino community, but rather to have a serious and necessary discussion about issues that our community cares about and who will be the best candidate for us in 2016."
Dawson, who portrayed Huerta in the movie Cesar Chavez, supports Bernie Sanders for president. In a letter last month, she called out Huerta for not helping get the Vermont senator elected. But Huerta said she believes Hillary Clinton will get more things done as president.
"When the dust settles... we are going to be together," Huerta said. "And we need to be together to defeat Donald Trump or Ted Cruz."