Lena Dunham: I Was Miserable On Election Night

Kaitlan Collins | Contributor

Lena Dunham was miserable on election night.

(Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Elle/Hearts On Fire)

(Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Elle/Hearts On Fire)

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.”

(Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

(Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

“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.'”

Kaitlan Collins



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