After a report claimed three Celebrity Apprentice staffers alleged that Donald Trump mocked Marlee Matlin for being Deaf, the actress has spoken out against the Republican presidential candidate and made it known that she will make her voice heard on Election Day.
On Friday, the Oscar winner responded on Twitter to a report from The Daily Beast about comments that Trump allegedly made about her during her run on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.
She wrote, “Recent media reports have circulated that Donald Trump allegedly referred to me as ‘retarded.’ The term is abhorrent and should never be used. The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in American history has upset me deeply.”
Matlin, who placed second in the reality show’s competition, continued: “I am Deaf. There are millions of Deaf and hard of hearing people like me, in the United States and around the world who face discrimination and misunderstanding like this on a daily basis. It is unacceptable.”
Then Matlin turned the focus on the election, writing, “So, what’s my response? It’s not about insults or taking each other down. As a person who is deaf, as a woman, as a mom, as a wife, as an actor, I have a voice. And I’m using that voice to make myself heard…and vote.”
The Daily Beast published its story on Thursday, citing three sources who worked on Matlin’s season of the NBC reality series. In the story, the unnamed sources alleged that on multiple occasions the presidential candidate referred to Matlin as “retarded.”
As Election Day nears, several accusations against Trump have been made public. Last week, audio of him making inappropriate remarks about women in 2005 was released. This week, a former PEOPLE reporter was one of multiple women to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct.
Read Matlin’s tweet below.
My response to recent media reports - Marlee. pic.twitter.com/Mkrbh47dUO
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 14, 2016