Harsh words

Chelsea Clinton says Trump ‘degrades what it means to be an American’

Chelsea Clinton. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, Chelsea Clinton shared her thoughts on everything from children’s cartoons to Barbara Bush. She also had some harsh words for both President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka.

Though Clinton and Ivanka used to be friends, the two have not been in touch “for a long time,” Clinton revealed. When asked if she felt any sympathy for the current first daughter, who perhaps feels obligated to comply with her father’s wishes, Clinton gave a chilly response.

“She’s an adult,” she said. “She can make the choices for herself. I mean, she’s 36. We are responsible for our choices. In 2008, I was really proud to support my mom — but I disagreed with her fundamentally on a few things, particularly her then opposition to equal marriage rights for LGBTQ Americans. I never defended that position, because it wasn’t what I believed was the right thing to do.”

Clinton also encouraged British citizens who opposed Donald Trump’s policies to protest when the president visits the Britain in July.

“If I lived in Britain I would show up to protest, because I don’t agree with what he’s doing to degrade what it means to be an American,” she said.

Trump, Clinton added, has “not only mainstreamed hate, but mainlined it.” Clinton has dealt with her fair share of aggression; she said she has been subjected to “savagery” throughout her life “because of something that my mom or dad did, or something that my mom or dad never did.” And she believes it is important to call out hateful behavior, rather than ignore it. So when, for instance, the president drew Clinton into the debate over his decision to send Ivanka to the G20 Summit, she did not let it slide.

“The reason, now, I no longer ignore it when people say hateful things to me on the street or on social media is, I think we have to shine a light,” she said. “I think those of us who have platforms to do that have to say this is wrong and unacceptable, so we don’t normalize it but try to detoxify what has been unleashed. Because if we don’t, we leave a vacuum. And I think the darkness fills that vacuum.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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