One of the more memorable pre-primetime speeches tonight came from disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza, who was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. Hillary Clinton, she said, "championed my inclusion and access to classrooms, higher education, and the work force. She has never lost touch with people like me. She has invested in me, she believes in me, and in a country where 56 million Americans with disabilities so often feel invisible, Hillary Clinton sees me."
Referencing Donald Trump, who mocked a reporter with a disability, Somoza said: "I fear the day we elect a president who defines being an American in the narrowest possible terms. Who shouts, bullies , and profits off of vulnerable Americans. Donald Trump has shown us who he really is."
"I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart," she said. "Donald Trump doesn't hear me, he doesn't see me, and he definitely doesn't speak for me."
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