Actress Lena Dunham blasted President Donald Trump on social media Monday, comparing the president to convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof in a Twitter exchange with a late-night writer.
The Girls star responded Monday evening to Travon Free, a writer for TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, who had written that he wanted to “help” journalists and analysts in America by telling them Trump “is a racist.”
“Not only is he a racist but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness,” Dunham replied to the last message in Free’s thread. “So under diff circumstances he’s Dylann Roof.”
Roof, a self-proclaimed racist and white supremacist, was convicted in 2016 of the murder of nine African-American churchgoers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.
The then-21-year-old had entered the church during Bible study, and opened fire shortly thereafter.
Roof was later convicted on 33 counts of federal hate crimes and sentenced to the death penalty. In April, he was transferred to death row at Terre Haute Federal Prison in Indiana.