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April 01, 2017

Tina Fey to white women who voted for Trump: 'You can't look away'

Actress and comedian Tina Fey didn't hold back as she helped headline a fundraiser that benefitted the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday night.

Fey, who hails from Upper Darby, made a few jokes about President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and had something to share with the women who voted for them during the organization's "Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU" event which streamed on Facebook Live for about four hours.

While interviewing New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman and Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU Louise Melling, Fey said that women who supported the Republican candidate, and may now regret their decision, cannot "look away."

“A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV,” Fey said. “I would want to urge them to like, ‘You can’t look away. Because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually.'”

Fifty-three percent of white women voted for Trump, the New York Times reported

“I personally will make my own pledge as a college-educated white woman to not look away and to not pretend that things are happening now won’t eventually affect me if we don’t put a stop to it," she said.

In another segment of the telethon, Fey also said that women's rights are currently under attack despite years of progress.

"Luckily, Mike Pence isn’t allowed to go down and shut Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him," she said. "So, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking, we can all still get Pap smears."

Fey is referring to a Washington Post profile of Second Lady Karen Pence that noted that the Vice President doesn't dine alone with a woman that isn't his wife, or attend events with alcohol without her there either.

Fey kept going, this time taking a jab at Trump, suggesting that he was giving up sexual assault for the next two weeks.

"Earlier tonight, in what is surely an April Fool's joke, the president proclaimed that next month will be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month," she said. "Now we know what he gave up for Lent.

The telethon featured a star-studded list of headliners, including celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan and many more.

When watching the full broadcast, Fey's comments come at about the 2-hour mark and then again at about the 2-1/2-hour mark of the ACLU telethon. The complete footage from Facebook Live event is no longer available on the ACLU's page, but a portion can be viewed below.