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Angela Bassett drops Trump references in awards speech: ‘When they say send her back home, you tell them I am home’

Actress Angela Bassett referenced and denounced President Trump’s rhetoric about women while accepting an award Sunday at the 2019 Black Girls Rock Awards.

{mosads}Bassett took to the stage to accept her Icon Award and criticized the president’s previous language toward women and minorities. 

The actress received a standing ovation and a chorus of applause and screams from the audience in response to these comments and her speech as a whole about the power black women bring to society.

Her mention of “nasty” refers to when Trump referred to candidate Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” during the 2016 election, prompting feminists to create a movement with the same name.

Bassett also referenced the Trump rally chant against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). In July, crowds at a rally for the president shouted “send her back.” 

“When they say send her back home, you tell them I am home,” she said. “I am the foundation of what we call home.”

The Black Girls Rock Awards celebrate black women in a variety of careers who contribute to society, according to Deadline.

The actress, who played the Wakanda queen mother in “Black Panther,” was welcomed to the stage by actress Regina Star and referenced a career of playing strong women.

“I’m often asked in interviews if my portraying smart, strong women throughout my career has been on purpose,” she said. “In thinking about what to say to you tonight, the word purpose and what it means has filled my spirit.”

Bassett, known for role as Tina Turner in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” accepted the award in the name of Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Katherine Jackson and Voletta Wallace.

“I accept this award in the names of the iconic women who have inhabited me, who have empowered me, inspired me, strengthened me and elevated me,” she said.

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