"I just think everyone has to do it their own way," Dunham said. "When I was lesser known, I was like, 'Who could not share their opinion?' Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they're coming to your house. You have to f***ing watch it because people are nuts."
As a longtime icon for female empowerment and equality, Swift, 27, has faced backlash for not speaking out against Donald Trump's controversial presidency, and for tweeting about, but not participating in, the nation-wide Women's Marches on January 21.
In contrast, Dunham fervently voiced her support of Hillary Clinton and her distaste for Trump during the divisive election. Dunham was so involved that some Clinton supporters pointed the finger at the actress when their candidate lost.
"People were like, 'Hillary lost because Lena Dunham is such a bad example of liberalism,'" she said. "But it's easier to blame me than it is to, like, blame George Clooney for not giving enough speeches."
Dunham went on to praise Swift for managing her fame and career so well from a young age.
"She's been in the public eye since she was 15," Dunham said. "I felt young when my career started and I was 23, 24. When I met her, she was newly 22, and she was a f***ing seasoned pro at the stuff. Watching the way that she understands the vicissitudes of the cycle, and she just keeps making her work -- that's just really impressive to me."