Actress Lena Dunham said Friday on The View that feminists should seek to enlighten white women who voted for President Donald Trump “against their own best interest.”
Dunham, who campaigned for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said she broke out in hives following Trump’s election because she found the results “so shocking and traumatizing.”
“If I felt that way, I can’t imagine how the people who are so at risk in this country right now must have felt,” she said, citing the concerns of immigrants, Islamic and transgender Americans as well as others she said Trump “doesn’t consider human.”
Dunham said it is “an incredible problem” that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump.
I think it's really important to remember that it is an incredible problem that 53 percent of women in this country — 53 percent of white women in this country — voted for Donald Trump, which means that they're not only voting against the interests of their sisters, of women who may not look like them, they may not understand but whose rights are just as important, but also remember that they are in that case voting against their own best interest.
She said feminists should act like the parents of teenagers by doing what’s best for women even if they’re hated.
“To me a part of feminism — it's almost like being a parent to a teenager where they're so mad at you, they think you're such a piece of crap and you're like, I know you hate me right now but I love you, but everything I'm doing is because I love you and I want us all to be safe,” Dunham said.
Co-host Joy Behar jumped in to ask Dunham about women who voted for Trump due to economic concerns.
“But those women to their defense believe he's going to bring back jobs, a lot of them, because they're voting for their husbands and their family. How do you respond to that?” Behar asked.
Dunham replied that “I think what's really hard, obviously it pains me as a caucasian woman to think about how many women didn't think about women who looked different or had different life experiences than them.”
“They didn't look outside their own backyard when they made the choice to vote for Donald Trump,” she said.
She added that “it's really important to understand so many women aren't raised with the rhetoric of self-empowerment.”
“The messages they're hearing from Donald Trump may be similar to the messages they've always heard from their fathers, from their brothers, from their husbands,” Dunham said. “They haven't been given the message that they do matter. And so, while I think we have an incredible amount of work to do with enlightening those women, I also have sympathy for the societal structures that keep them from understanding what they need to keep themselves safe.”