Empire’s Lee Daniels Tells DNC: ‘This is the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime’

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Countless celebrities took the stage at the DNC on Wednesday, with Empire’s Lee Daniels delivering a particularly powerful speech advocating stricter gun control. He began by expressing his initial concern: “I wondered if Hillary really knew who I was.” Daniels went on to explain that he has various members of his family in jail, his own father was a police officer shot and murdered in Philadelphia, and he himself has been to jail. “That’s the America I know,” he said. “And still I rise.” But in the end, Daniels explained, he realized that Hillary does, in fact, know him because she has helped turn “heartache into action,” and ultimately wants to keep families safe.

Empire’s Lee Daniels on Gun Control at the DNC