New York: Actress America Ferrera has penned an open "Thank You" letter to Donald Trump following his ill-advised remarks about Mexicans in the US, suggesting he inadvertently inspired more Latinos to vote.
The real estate mogul and TV personality has been under fire ever since he announced his bid for US President last month with a speech, in which he suggested Mexicans in America were "rapists" who brought drugs and crime into the country.
And now the former "Ugly Betty" star and outspoken activist has decided to sarcastically offer her gratitude to Trump in a letter posted on Huffington Post Latino Voices.
"Dear Donald, You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn't that awesome?
"While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don't want to spend my time chastising you... Instead, I'm writing to say thank you! You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that.
"Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energise Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.
She continued, "You, Mr Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America... Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community... Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government. Thank you for sending out the rallying cry.
"The truth is, Mr Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation. They are at the core of our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat. No, Mr Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honour students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America."