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Lena Dunham’s Editor-In-Chief Gets ‘Nauseated With Rage’ About Trump


The nation’s professional President Trump hater and actress Lena Dunham started off her latest newsletter with a heartwarming sentiment from her Editor-in-Chief Jess Grose: “Deep Soul Hugs From Earth Mothers,” reads the barely tolerable subject line.

She quickly moves on to how “nauseated with rage” she is at Trump.

Did she eat bad sushi?

I can’t help myself, but I’m becoming a Lenny. A hate Lenny, but a Lenny nonetheless.

Forgive me readers, but I just can’t stop reading Dunham’s newsletter.

“In an effort to stop reading the news so incessantly, I started listening to more podcasts — that way I am still getting my mainlined political heroin, but I can also go outside and look around at the tulips wilting in the sudden, steamy heat,” Grose wrote in Tuesday’s newsletter. “In general, I try to avoid hearing Donald Trump’s voice (even parodies of his voice make me nauseated with rage at this point).”

She explained that she had listened to the New York Times podcast “The Daily.” She heard a “snippet” of Trump’s “preening, self-pitying” commencement speech to Coast Guard grads, which she said was delivered with “customary smug satisfaction.”

Grose says Trump has been a disaster ever since he left the womb.

Because she was there, right outside his mother’s womb waiting for him, right?

Funniest line: “He is a narcissistic disaster of a 70-year-old man who, since the day he burst from the womb, Alien-style, into a pile of money, has never once had a problem that hasn’t worked out ‘just fine.'”

This week, Dunham’s newsletter features Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whom she refers to as their “heroine” as opposed to the “political mainline heroin” she gets from other sources.

Aside from all this “nauseated rage” for Trump, there is a ray of hope at the end of the newsletter.

It’s a story by Trixie Garcia — daughter of the late Jerry Garcia — on what it was like being raised by the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Grateful Dead.

And it’s headline is aptly “Coming Back From The Dead.”

In the meantime, Dunham’s editor might need one of those deep soul Earth mother hugs.

Betsy Rothstein
the authorBetsy Rothstein
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

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