Who Wins When Donald Trump and Lena Dunham Feud About the Election?

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It was always destined to come to this: Lena Dunham, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, and Donald Trump, a Day-Glo roadside billboard about jock itch, have engaged each other in a public fight. Let’s carefully ease into this one together while clinging frantically to the side of the pool and wishing we were someplace else entirely.


Dunham is threatening to move to Canada if Trump becomes president, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will,” Dunham told Andy Cohen at Monday’s Matrix Awards. “I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there.”

I say this sincerely: that must be nice.

Dunham has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton for months, writing in a Time op-ed this week that Clinton has the most comprehensive plan to address systemic racism, and that she doesn’t believe Bernie Sanders will fight as hard for women’s rights:

In a million ways, for women and girls in every walk of life, Hillary does the damn thing.

I just don’t see that from Senator Sanders. When Donald Trump said women should be punished for seeking abortions, Bernie’s response left me cold. “Any stupid, absurd remark made by Donald Trump becomes the story of the week,” he said. “Maybe, just maybe, we might want to have a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America.” As someone terrified by Trump’s flailing ginger wig of a candidacy, I took his words very seriously. We all should.

(“Flailing ginger wig” is pretty good there, but as a group of people deeply and uncommonly invested in precise Trump descriptors, we submit that the phrase describes the candidate, not the candidacy—which is more of a “flailing bewigged ginger nightmare,” or so on.)

Trump, as is his wont, fired back on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, appearing by phone to call Dunham a “B actor” with “no mojo.”


“I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that too,” he added, serenely. “That would be a great, great thing for our country.”


“We have a list of people,” beamed host Steve Doocy. “Rosie O’Donnell, Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart.”

“We’ll get rid of Rosie?” Trump replied. “Oh, I love it. Well, now I have to get elected because I’ll be doing a great service for our country. I have to. Now it’s much more important. In fact I’ll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now.”


We’re really getting a lot of important public dialogue done in these last 195 days before the election. No question there.

Dunham campaigns for Clinton January 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo via Getty


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I say this sincerely: that must be nice.

Right!? I understand this sentiment, especially from liberals, but it still aggravates the hell outta me when people with money talk about how they’ll just up and move to Canada if things don’t go the way they want. What are you hoping to accomplish by saying that? Do you think there’s a particularly large overlap between the “Trump supporter” circle and the “People who give a damn where Lena Dunham lives” circle? Are you hoping to rally liberals to the cause via the pressing issue of Lena Dunham’s residency?

Admittedly, I’m in a foul mood, but whenever I hear “I’ll just move to Canada” all it sounds like is “It’s important to me that you know I’m politically engaged, but also, you know, I’ve got money and basically I’m gonna be alright regardless.”