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Lena Dunham Says She’s Received ‘More Hostility’ for Backing Clinton Over Sanders

Lena Dunham says that she has received “more hostility” for supporting and campaigning for Hillary Clinton than she has ever gotten from the American right.

“I have received more hostility for voting for a qualified female candidate than I have ever received anywhere from the American right wing,” she said at a Clinton campaign event at NeueHouse in Hollywood.

“The fact that other members of the Democratic Party have spoken to me like I was an ill informed child for voting for someone who represents everything I think this country should be is outrageous.”

Dunham noted that she’s received the “vitriol” via her Instagram feed, where she has posted photos as she campaigned for Clinton in primary states.

She said that she reached a “tipping point” last week when one commenter wrote to her, “Bernie Sanders has done more for feminism than Hillary Clinton has.”

Dunham, actress America Ferrera and Chelsea Clinton appeared on Sunday at what was a rare non-fundraising event for the Clinton campaign in California, which does not hold its primary until June 7.

Ferrera said that “there is this narrative about young women not inspired by Hillary Clinton and that is just not the case. That’s not true.”

She pointed to the defeat of Clinton’s healthcare proposal in 1993, and the first lady’s ability to get “right back up” and push for passage of healthcare coverage for 8 million children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Hillary has made slow and steady progress on these issues, and I am fully aware that the words slow and steady are not exciting,” Ferrera said. “Especially in contrast to those calling for a revolution in this country. But many of us fled countries where dismantled systems made room for tyranny and violence. And so I would say, we don’t need a revolution in this country. We need an evolution in this country.”

The three women defined differences between Clinton and Sanders, particularly on issues like gun control. Chelsea Clinton warned that the stakes are too high for a focus on a “single issue country.” It’s a reference to Sanders’ focus on the corrupting influence of money on politics.

Clinton cited in particular the Supreme Court and the vacancy with the death of Antonin Scalia, with the stakes that the court has on a variety of issues like voting rights, abortion rights and climate change.

“We do not live in a single issue country and we cannot afford a president who thinks that we do,” Clinton said.

Clinton cited examples where her mother found “common ground” with Republicans, including extending the Veterans Administration system to cover the National Guard and their families, as well as expanding funding for early childhood education programs.

Clinton also made several references to Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, and the state of political rhetoric, saying that there has been an “almost normalization of hate speech.”

“The sexism, the racism, the Islamophobia, the homophobia, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, the references to Americans with disabilities. The list goes on and on. And it is now almost so common as to be treated an unexceptional. I think all of us should always take exception to any of that.”

Chelsea Clinton said that she has no plans to enter politics herself — for now — but recalled getting asked at a very young age whether she would pursue such a career.

She said that one of her earliest memories was when she was three years old, and attending a rally where her father was giving a speech for his reelection campaign for governor of Arkansas.

“This woman came up to me and said, ‘Chelsea, do you think you are going to run for governor of Arkansas some day.’ And I think I said something like, ‘Mam, thank you so much. I’m three.”

About 200 people attended the event at NeueHouse, a workspace that was the former west coast headquarters for CBS Radio.

 

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