Lena Dunham got behind Hillary Clinton in a big way on Friday as she made her first appearance on the campaign trail in support of the presidential hopeful.
It was a busy day for Dunham, who spoke with audiences and greeted crowds in New Hampshire alongside recently retired soccer great Abby Wambach, while also taking over Hillary’s Instagram account.
The oft opinionated Girls star even took some time to do a few press interviews, and in one defended Hillary against those who want to use her husband Bill’s past infidelities to attack her during the campaign.
When asked by People what she thought of Donald Trump’s recent decision to discuss Bill’s past affairs as a way of criticizing Hillary, Dunham responded; ‘I think that women should not be forced to constantly answer for the rhetoric around their husband’s lives.’
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Working girl: Lena Dunham (above) hit the campaign trail in support of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Friday
Tough questions: Dunham was asked to comment about recent calls for Hillary (above in June) to address her husband’s past affairs during an interview
Firing back: ‘I think that women should not be forced to constantly answer for the rhetoric around their husband’s lives,’ said Dunham (Bill and Monica Lewinsky above in 1998)
Dunham went on to say; ‘It’s really important to view Hillary as an independent candidate and as a person who has her own really interesting and beautiful track record of supporting and protecting women.
‘While she’s clearly very connected to her husband, it’s fully her that I’m so excited to be talking about.’
Bill had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, during his presidency which became public after recordings of the young woman’s private telephone calls were given to an independent counsel investigating him on another matter.
He also settled a sexual harassment suit in 1998 brought against him by Paula Jones for an undisclosed sum of money after she accused him of exposing himself and propositioning her for sex in a Arkansas hotel room in 1991 while he was Governor.
Dunham, who lives just blocks from Hillary’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, is the first of the Democratic front-runners many Hollywood supporters to actually hit the campaign trail for the day in support of her bid for president.
Katy Perry did perform at an event for Hillary in Iowa this past October, and even took over her Instagram account for the day, but did not address any crowds.
Hillary is no doubt hoping that Dunham’s pull with millennials and the openly gay Wambach’s status in the LGBT community will give her a boost in the state, where she is currently trailing her opponent Bernie Sanders by a slim margin.
The strategy seems to be working for some voters, with NBC News speaking to Rebecca Scheinberg of Portsmouth after one of the speeches.
Scheinberg, who admitted to ‘being a huge fan of Dunham,’ said; ‘In New Hampshire there is a lot of talk about Bernie Sanders so I just wanted to get as much information as I could about both and I’m feeling very strongly after hearing them speak about the issues, for Hillary Clinton.’
It is not the first time Dunham has been called on to help boost a campaign, having also appeared in an ad back in 2012 for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Big deal: Dunham (in her two outfits for the day) is the first of the Democratic front-runners many Hollywood supporters to actually hit the campaign trail for the day
Support: Katy Perry did perform at an event for Hillary in Iowa this past October (above), and even took over her Instagram account for the day, but did not address any crowds
So in love: Hillary posted an old photo of her and Bill on her Instagram on Thursday (above)
The 29-year-old also managed to have some fun on Friday as well, debuting two stylish knitted dresses for her day of stumping, including one that said ‘Hillary.’
Dunham told People; ‘I saw that Katy Perry wore two very awesome Hillary-themed dresses. So, after that, we all have to keep our game high,’
As for what she hoped to accomplish out on the campaign trail, Dunham said; ‘I’m here to give young women the sense that they can affirm and express their power through voting and engaging with the political process.
‘I started to think about politics as something I could engage in and that I didn’t have to be a political analyst or Harvard scholar to have an opinion on these things. That’s been a real life-changer.’
That being said, Dunham claims she has no political aspirations of her own and is more than happy with her current job as the creator, star, writer and producer of a critically-lauded HBO series.
That job however is almost over it was recently announced, with Dunham revealing that the Girls will end after six seasons.
The fifth season of the show will premiere next month.