Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera took the podium together on the second night of the Democratic National Convention to speak about how politics is personal. “To Donald Trump, my body is like, ‘a two,'” said Dunham. “And according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist,” said Ferrera in their tongue-in-cheek open. The pair continued with more gravitas.
“I am the proud child of Honduran immigrants,” Ferrara said. “My talents were nurtured through public arts programs and I needed a free meal to get through the school say.” The Ugly Betty actress said that few politicians see an “investment” in immigrant and working-class families such as hers. “But Hillary has spent the last thirty years proving what she sees in us,” she said.
Dunham introduced herself as a pro-choice feminist sexual assault survivor with a chronic reproductive illness. “Trump and his party believe I should be punished for exercising my constitutional rights,” the Girls creator said. Dunham spoke to Clinton’s feminist platform by juxtaposing Donald Trump and the Republican party’s language around women. “[Trump’s] rhetoric about women takes us back to a time when we were supposed to be beautiful and silent,” said Dunham, then credited (and thanked) Clinton for enabling safe and immediate care for women in any emergency room in New York State.
Dunham has been an early and ardent advocate of Clinton’s campaign. In September 2015, Dunham launched her online newsletter, Lenny, by interviewing the Democratic presidential nominee about issues relevant to the millennial demographic like student loan debt, health and reproductive rights and systematic racism. The writer and actress elaborated on her position in an April essay for TIME called “Why I Chose Hillary Clinton.”
“Donald’s not making America great again,” Ferrera said in conclusion, “he’s making America hate again and the majority of us can’t afford to see his vision of America come to be.” Speaking in unison, Ferrera and Dunham ended their speech on a rousing high note. “Let’s forcefully reject division,” they said, “and declare love trumps hate.”