‘He’s making America hate again’

By Noelene Clark
July 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera united on the Democratic National Convention stage in Philadelphia Tuesday evening to speak out against Donald Trump, whom they say is “making America hate again.”

“Hi, I’m Lena Dunham,” the Girls star introduced herself, “and according to Donald trump, my body is probably like a 2.”

“And I’m America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist,” said the Superstore actress, referring to Trump’s controversial comments last year calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers, criminals, and rapists. 

“But America, you’re not Mexican,” said Dunham. Ferrera replied, “And President Obama isn’t Kenyan, Lena, but that doesn’t stop Donald.” (The Republican presidential nominee has a history of questioning Obama’s citizenship and religion.)

The actresses also criticized Trump’s lack of government experience, with Dunham setting up the joke: “We know what you’re all thinking: Why should you care what some television celebrity has to say about politics?” she said. Ferrera responded, “And we feel the same way. But he is the Republican nominee, so we need to talk about him.”

The actresses went on to throw their support behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the policies she supports, with Ferrera recalling her childhood as the daughter of Honduran immigrants and Dunham referencing her experience as a sexual assault survivor. The women ended their speech with a call for unity. “We have to fight hatred of all kinds and not ignite it for the craven purpose of seeking power,” Dunham said. Ferrera added, “Donald is not making America great again; he’s making America hate again.”

The DNC continues through Thursday. See a clip from Dunham and Ferrera’s speech below.

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