The Democratic National Convention featured a lot of powerful speakers, including Michelle Obama, whose emotional speech is receiving the most media coverage.
However, there was one other speaker who delivered an equally, or perhaps even more, moving address at the convention: Anastasia Somoza.
The disability rights activist first met Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when she was 9 years old. More than two decades later, she took to the national DNC stage for her idol to call for a more inclusive Democratic Party as well as slam Donald Trump for his incredibly insensitive attitude toward disability.
Ever since the boorish Republican presidential nominee announced his candidacy for the presidency, he has been unstoppable, both in terms of his rise in popularity as well as offensive rhetoric against minority groups, including Muslims, African Americans and disabled people.
He notoriously mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, in November.
However, despite the shameful antics, the media mogul somehow managed to become the Republican presidential nominee — and Somoza made sure to highlight this absurdity in her speech.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he really is, and I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart,” she stated. “Donald Trump doesn’t see me, he doesn’t hear me and he definitely doesn’t think for me. I fear the day when we elect a president who defines being an American in the narrowest possible terms.”
Somoza also reminded everyone that she was speaking on the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, which came into effect on July 26, 1990.