On Friday morning, outspoken Hillary Clinton advocate Lena Dunham wrote an essay in her Lenny Letter newsletter that detailed her account of election night, which saw Donald Trump win the White House.
In the essay sent with the subject line “Don’t Agonize, Organize,” Dunham began by confessing that she never believed a Trump presidency was possible.
“… as horrifying as I found Donald Trump’s rhetoric, as hideous as I found his racism and xenophobia, as threatening to basic decency as I found his demagogue persona, I never truly believed he could win,” she wrote.
Dunham wrote about how being a staunch supporter of Clinton during the heated election season made her a target, saying that she, “received threats and abuse at a level I could not have imagined,” and “My Twitter mentions went from rude to downright violent.”
Later she wrote, “My experience mimics that of so many women who organized for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump, most of them not celebrities. We wanted a female president. We wanted guaranteed control over our own bodies. We wanted equal pay. That made us nasty. That made us targets.”
The multi-hyphenate described the feeling in the Javits Center on Tuesday night, where Clinton had planned to wrap her campaign with a victory speech, and reflected on why she reacted so emotionally when the night took a turn.
“It is painful on a cellular level knowing those men got what they wanted, just as it’s painful to know you are hated for daring to ask for what is yours,” she wrote. “It’s painful to know that white women, so unable to see the unity of female identity, so unable to look past their violent privilege, and so inoculated with hate for themselves, showed up to the polls for him, too.”
In reckoning with the reality of a Trump presidency, Dunham included a strong a call to action: “Wednesday was a day of mourning. Thursday, too. Hell, I’m giving us till Sunday. But then we fight.”