Lena Dunham: I Was Miserable On Election Night
Lena Dunham was miserable on election night.
In an essay for her feminist newsletter “Lenny Letter,” the 30-year-old actress — who has campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton for months and even threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump won — recounted how she felt watching her lose. (RELATED: Lena Dunham: ‘Trump Wants To Punish Me For Exercising My Constitutional Rights’)
“The three hours I spent at the Javits Center Tuesday night, surrounded by campaign staffers and fellow surrogates for Hillary Clinton, are blurred and spotty,” Dunham wrote Friday. “At a certain point it became clear something had gone horribly wrong.”
“Celebrants’ faces turned. The modeling had been incorrect. Watching the numbers in Florida, I touched my face and realized I was crying. ‘Can we please go home?’ I said to my boyfriend. I could tell he was having trouble breathing, and I could feel my chin breaking into hives. Another woman showed me her matching hive, hidden by fresh concealer.”
“I hugged the women I had spent eighteen months with, laughing and plotting and spreading our love for Hillary Clinton and her message,” she said. “My party dress felt tight and itchy.” (RELATED: Lena Dunham: ‘White Men’ Can’t Understand What It’s Like To Be ‘Under Attack’)
“By the time we’d made it over the bridge, a friend called. ‘It’s over,’ she said. ‘I love you.’ I was frozen. We stopped at the diner. No one was speaking as they ate, no one in the whole place.”
“At home I got in the shower and began to cry even harder. My boyfriend, who had already wept, watched me as I mumbled incoherently, clutching myself. ‘It wasn’t supposed to go this way. It was supposed to be her job. She worked her whole life for the job. It’s her job.'”