Kerry Washington: 'Voting for Trump is voting against ourselves'

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Scandal star and all-around badass Kerry Washington appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last night to talk about all things Donald Trump. Washington, who is on the September cover of InStyle, spoke out strongly against the deeply troubling candidate, from his laughable maternity leave policy to how the media is encouraging the American public to vote for "the loudest candidate."

Washington also pointed out we shouldn't be fooled by Trump's use of Ivanka Trump and other female spokespeople to make himself look like a more female-friendly candidate. "I think it's important that we not be distracted by these very smart, very articulate, beautiful women who work on the Trump campaign, who are a lot smarter than the candidate, I think. We need to be not swayed by them because they will not have their finger on the button — he will," she said.

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January 2015

Washington wore a metallic color-blocked magenta and indigo gown by Mary Katrantzou to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.

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January 2015

The actress arrived at The Daily Front Row's 1st Annual Fashion Awards in LA wearing a geoprint black and white long sleeve top with a heather grey printed mini skirt.

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January 2015

To the 26th Annual PGA Awards, Washington donned a Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2015 strapless floral embroidered gown.

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February 2015

Washington celebrated the launch of Jennifer Meyer xo Jessica Alba in Hollywood, wearing a fun polka dot dress with white pumps.

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February 2015

Washington arrived at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards sporting a red lace Zuhair Murad gown.

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February 2015

The actress walked the red carpet at the SNL 40th Anniversary Special wearing a cool oversized white blazer and pumps.

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February 2015

To the Alfre Woodard's Oscar's Sistahs Soiree, Washington wore a floral color-blocked Sophia Kah ensemble.

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February 2015

Washington donned a unique black Balenciaga dress with Manolo Blahnik pumps to the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

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February 2015

The 'Scandal' actress attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards in a cream-colored Miu Miu strapless gown with gorgeous floral embroidery.

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March 2015

For the 'Scandal' event at the 32nd Annual PaleyFest, Washington sported a Mary Katrantzou Pre-Fall 2015 sleeveless blouse and an abstract jacquard skirt, adding a pop of color with yellow pumps.

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May 2015

Washington wore a patterned Timo Weiland dress and Tamara Mellon shoes. She wore Porter Lyons earrings, Sethi Couture rings and carried a Lee Savage clutch to Scandal's ATAS panel event.

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May 2015

Washington wore a stunning pink silk gown by Prada, along with emerald green heels to the 2015 Met Gala.

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May 2015

Washington wore an alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet jumpsuit with Christian Louboutin pumps, a Movado watch and Lorraine Schwartz earrings to the 2015 ABC NY Upfront Presentation in May.

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May 2015

Washington attended The Paley Center for Media's tribute to African-American achievements in television, wearing a cool black perforated frock.

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May 2015

To the Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts, the actress wore an Alexander Lewis dress, Le Silla pumps and EFFY Jewelry earrings.

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June 2015

Washington attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in June wearing a David Koma strapless top and skirt with EFFY and EF Collection jewels. She carried an Edie Parker clutch.

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August 2015

Washington wore a blue baroque print layered dress by Mary Katrantzou to the Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour.

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September 2015

The actress arrived at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a stunning embellished Marc Jacobs dress.

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September 2015

The actress attended the Limited Edition Allstate Foundation Purple Purse launch event in New York City, wearing a sparkly black midi dress with sheer material and a sexy deep V.

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September 2015

To SiriusXM's Town Hall with Kerry Washington, the actress went for a casual look, wearing a floral sleeveless top, cuffed boyfriend jeans and T-strap pumps.

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September 2015

Washington attended the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, donning a funky black and white Balenciaga tube dress and Eva Fehren rings.

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November 2015

Kerry Washington wore an off-the-shoulder black gown to the ACLU SoCal Hosts 2015 Bill of Rights dinner in Beverly Hills.

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November 2015

Washington attended the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala wearing a gorgeous sheer and floral Giambattista Valli ballgown.

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November 2015

To the WWD and Variety Inaugural Stylemakers' Event, the actress sported a black and white striped Saloni crop top and high-waisted skirt with Nicholas Kirkwood Zig Zag pumps.

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December 2015

Washington attended the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala in December, wearing a black strapless feather bustier gown from Marchesa's Spring 2016 collection.

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When Maher brought up the "enthusiasm gap" that Hillary Clinton's campaign is battling, Washington responded, "I think there's a bigger problem, which is that right now we are being led by the media — no offense — to vote for the loudest candidate, and the meanest, the bulliest candidate in the playground, and that we are voting based on a cult of personality or a cult of celebrity rather than voting in our best interest. I think if we really look at policy, voting for Trump is voting against our best interests as Americans, as workers, as people of color, as women... Not voting is voting against ourselves. So, voting for Trump is voting against ourselves. Not voting is against ourselves. And I think, in this election, voting for a third party candidate is voting against ourselves."

Scandal fans will have to wait until the midseason of 2017 for their favorite Gladiators to return to the small screen — as per Washington, she's "knocked up again!" — but seeing Kerry Washington discuss politics is just as good, if not better, than watching Olivia Pope agonize over Fitz and Jake.

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