“I’m America Ferrera and, according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist,” Ferrera chimed in, though she is not from Mexico.
“We know what you’re all thinking,” Dunham jumped back in. “Why should you care what some television celebrity has to say about politics?”
Fererra then joked: “We feel the same way. But he is the Republican nominee, so we need to talk about it.” The crowd lapped it up.
Ferrera said that, as the child of parents from Honduras, she was educated in the United States in public schools and “occasionally I needed a free meal to get through the school day. … Not everybody looks at the millions of young people like me, children born into struggling families, children born to immigrant parents, children are are immigrants themselves, and sees an investment.” But Hillary Clinton does, Ferrera pitched to a very receptive crowd.
Dunham, meanwhile, described herself as a “pro-choice feminist sexual assault survivor with a chronic reproductive illness,” which seemed to quiet the crowd a bit as they sorted out all that. Donald Trump and his party, Dunham said, “thinks I should be punished for exercising my constitutional rights. His rhetoric about women takes us back to a time” when women were supposed to be silent, she said. “Meanwhile, 22 years ago, Hillary Clinton declared that women’s rights are human rights. She made it possible for sexual assault survivors in my home state of New York to have access to safe immediate care in any emergency room. Hillary knows access and opportunity are the American promise, not transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and systematic racism. She knows we have to fight hatred of all kind, and not ignite it for the craven purpose of seeking power.”