Donald Trump has been known to take on the Hollywood elite in some his speeches and interviews, and today was yet another day where he announced his dislike of a couple of stars. Appearing on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump commented on a recent statement by Lena Dunham that she plans on leaving the country if he is elected president. Trump told the morning talk show that Lena Dunham’s departure was all part of his plan, and Americans would thank him when she left. Donald then went on to comment on similar comments made by Whoopi Goldberg. Trump said the country would be better off when she and Lena Dunham were officially outside its borders.
As Deadline points out, Lena Dunham has spent a good portion of the election cycle being a surrogate for Hillary Clinton. Keeping those facts in mind, it’s not hard to understand why Donald Trump has no problem going after Dunham. The Girls actress has long been a liberal icon among the millennial set, so Trump likely feels safe in going after Dunham as a symbol of everything that is wrong in Hollywood and America. Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends for a phone interview and seemed quite chipper when he learned Lena Dunham had threatened to vacate the premises if his success continued.
“I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that too – that would be a great, great thing for our country if she got out. We’ll get rid of Rosie? Oh, I love it. Now I have to get elected because I’ll be doing a great service to 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.”
Trump was clearly warming up to the trend of people like Lena Dunham voicing their displeasure with the notion of Donald Trump, President of the United States. It’s certainly true Lena Dunham is far from the only one who has said they want to leave the country if Donald Trump wins the general election. On Monday, she stated on her Twitter account she was going to leave if Trump got the victory.
“I know a lovely place in Vancouver, and I can get my work done from there.”
The actress has long been known for saying inflammatory stuff on her social media account, but her stint as a surrogate seems to have led her to tone down some of her more racy comments. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has never had much of a problem making sure he offends whoever he feels insulted him first. That take-no-prisoners attitude allowed him to take a rather commanding lead in the Republican primaries, but there are some who feel as though he needs to tone it down in order to win the presidency.
In his appearance on Fox & Friends, which you can watch in the included video, it doesn’t appear the hosts wanted Trump to tone down his rhetoric at all. Lena Dunham’s declaration that she will be leaving the country if Trump wins is nothing even close to new. There were plenty of people talking about leaving America if Barack Obama won and George W. Bush before him. The biggest different between those situations and the one involving Lena Dunham and Whoopi Goldberg is that the candidates didn’t generally voice their approval when they were informed of the threats. Donald Trump not only wasn’t sorry to hear Lena Dunham wants to leave, he flat out encouraged it.
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