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Ellen Page Blames Trump And Pence For Rise In Hate Crimes In Emotional Clip

Ellen Page is fed up.

The actress appeared on the “Late Show” Thursday night to call out President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for promoting hate and inciting violence against the LGBTQ community. She single out Pence in particular for his long track record of effecting legislation harmful to gay rights (the VP, who believes in conversion therapy, once called gay marriage a sign of “societal collapse.”)

“The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife,” Page said, pointing to a picture of herself next to her wife Emma Portner.

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“If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen?” she asked, referencing the recent vicious hate crime perpetrated against Empire star Jussie Smollett, who was beaten by two men early Tuesday morning as they yelled racist and homophobic insults at him before tying a noose around his neck.

“Kids are going to be abused and they’re going to kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street,” said Page.

“I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this,” Page added. “This needs to f***ing stop.”

Vox points out that there is data supporting Page’s claims that the Trump administration promotes violence against marginalized communities.

A study last year by Loyola University Chicago School of Law found that Trump’s rise to power was associated with “a statistically significant surge in reported hate crimes across the United States”— even after they controlled their data for other variables.

“It was not just Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric throughout the political campaign that caused hate crimes to increase,” researchers wrote. “It was Trump’s subsequent election as President of the United States that validated this rhetoric in the eyes of perpetrators and fueled the hate crime surge.”

Page’s impassioned plea resonated on social media.

Watch the full Late Show segment below: