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“Hi, I’m Lena Dunham and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2,” said Girls creator and star Dunham to laughs from the crowd.
“And I’m America Ferrera and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist,” said the Superstore actress to even bigger laughs.
“We know what you’re all thinking,” Dunham continued. “Why should you care what some television celebrity has to say about politics?”
“And we feel the same way,” replied Ferrera, “but he is the Republican nominee, so we have to talk about it.”
The crowd continued to cheer.
The TV pair then listed a few “unfunny” facts.
“This man would have you believe that our differences are more important than what unites us,” said Dunham, while Ferrera said the U.S. was founded on the belief that race, religion and sexual orientation “should not dissolve what binds us.”
They then said together: “Which is why we’re proud to say: We’re with Hillary!”
“I am a pro-choice, feminist, sexual assault survivor with a chronic reproductive illness,” continued Dunham. “Donald Trump and his party think I should be punished for exercising my constitutional rights. His rhetoric about women takes us back to a time when we were meant to be beautiful and silent. Meanwhile, 22 years ago, Hillary Clinton declared that women’s rights are human rights.”
Dunham said Clinton made it possible for her fellow sexual assault survivors in New York to have access to safe care in any emergency room.
“Hillary knows that access and opportunity are the American promise — not transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and systemic racism,” said Dunham. “She knows we have to fight hatred of all kinds and not ignite it for the craven purpose of seeking power.”
Ferrera then added: “Donald is not making America great again — he’s making America hate again.”
Ferrera, who related that she is the “proud” child of Honduran immigrants who occasionally needed a free meal to get through the school day, said she is “profoundly grateful” for the access and opportunity that exists in the U.S.
“Hillary has spent the last 30 years proving what she sees in us,” said Ferrera. “Not our color, gender, economic status, but our capacity to grow into thriving adults.”
Speaking directly to voters, the pair told the room “Deal us in” and “Love trumps hate” while encouraging everyone to become card-carrying members of the Clinton team by texting “Deal” to 47246.
Clinton made history earlier on Tuesday when she won the Democratic nomination and became the first female major-party nominee for president.
Dunham shared a photo from earlier in the day of herself and Ferrera wiping away tears with the caption: “The moment it became real.”
A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on
Dunham and Ferrera first announced they would be speaking together on Instagram and included a jab at Melania Trump in their post. Holding up a T-shirt reading “Love Trumps Hate,” the caption read: “The honor! The thrill! We promise not to copy off Michelle Obama’s homework, dreamy as she is.”
Dunham, Ferrera and Chelsea Clinton — who will introduce her mother when she officially accepts the nomination on Thursday — also spoke Tuesday afternoon at an event hosted by Facebook and Glamour.
The second night of the four-day convention saw speeches from former President Bill Clinton and the Mothers of the Movement, which included the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-Americans whose deaths have fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. The night’s host Elizabeth Banks, Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, Debra Messing and Meryl Streep also were on hand to lend their star power behind Clinton.
Banks did her best impersonation of Donald Trump’s RNC entrance when she took the stage to kick off the night’s primetime speakers. She also compared the GOP presidential nominee to her Hunger Games character.
“[She’s] a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering longwinded speeches to a violent dystopia,” the actress said of Effie Trinket. “So when I tuned into Cleveland last week I was like, ‘Uh, hey, that’s my act!'”
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