Former first daughter and author Chelsea Clinton is no stranger to the spotlight. She spent her childhood in the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was only 12, when her father, former President Bill Clinton, entered the White House. Clinton’s mother, Hillary Clinton, served in former president Barack Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of State, and she ran for president herself in 2016, only to lose to our current President Donald Trump.
Despite her mother’s loss, Chelsea Clinton has found her voice, one that is separate from her parents’ names and legacies, and one that continues to ring out during our current tumultuous times. The Stanford University alum has inherited her mother’s unnerving composure and class, and she’s refused to back down when it comes to discussing the issues that continue to plague citizens of the United States; women in particular.
The children’s book author has emerged as an outspoken voice for young and unheard people across this country. Perhaps its time for the former first daughter to consider running for president.
Nerves of steel
- Chelsea Clinton doesn’t believe that insults and nasty language are productive
One major thing that presidential candidates and people in the public eye must contend with are all the naysayers and trolls digging into their background and exposing things about them. Obviously, we would eventually like someone in the White House who knows how to handle all of that with grace.
Having lived her entire life in the spotlight, Clinton is no stranger to exposure. In an interview with The Guardian she explained, “For me, maybe because I’ve had so much vitriol flung at me for as long as I can literally remember, people saying awful things to me even as a child, I’ve never found it productive, personally, to engage in that way. To retaliate with crass language or insult someone personally – I just don’t think I’m built that way.”
Next: Progress is possible
Determined to make a better path
- Chelsea believes that we are all responsible for our nation’s progress
When we vote politicians into office, we desperately hope that they listen to our concerns, uphold the Constitution, and embark on a path that makes America a better place to live for ALL of its citizens. For Clinton, progress is not just possible; it’s something we are all responsible for.
She explained,” I think progress is possible and I think we should always feel a responsibility to that mandate in some ways, but that it’s not inevitable, and that it has to be both protected and advanced at every moment.”
Next: Speaking out is the American way
Among the people
- For Chelsea, protesting is an American right
Clinton seems wholly approachable. Her father mastered this trait and it helped him get to the White House in 1992. But it’s something that her mother, Hillary Clinton, ultimately struggled with when she embarked on her own journey to the Oval Office. Chelsea Clinton has already shown she’s ready to get her hands dirty.
Clinton said, “I’ve been to multiple protests since the election. 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.”
Next: Calling out unqualified leaders
Since Trump’s election, Clinton has not just been a critic of the president but also of his administration and those unqualified people he has placed in positions of power. Though he promised to “drain the swamp,” Trump has done the opposite.
He has placed his unqualified children in high positions in the White House and enlisted his billionaire friends to run departments that know nothing about. For Clinton, this type of behavior from anyone is power is highly problematic. The She Persisted Around The World author explained,
I think the president should be able to hire whoever he or she thinks are best qualified. I do not believe that many of the people that he has hired have been qualified to do the jobs. Not only do I want an administration that isn’t venal, corrupt and focused on making life harder for millions of Americans, I also want a competent administration. So for me, the larger question is the collision of cruelty and incompetence and corruption that we see across the administration.
Next: Why Clinton called out Ivanka Trump
Having her own voice
- Chelsea has essentially told Ivanka to woman up
It seems shocking now, but Clinton and Ivanka Trump used to be very close. These days, Clinton has been consistent in calling out her former friend for her continued defense of President Trump. She even used her own opposition to her mother’s beliefs as an example.
While speaking with The Guardian, Clinton spoke about Ivanka Trump saying, “She’s an adult. She can make the choices for herself, I mean, she’s 36. I was really proud to support my mum—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.”
Next: Getting to the root of the issues
Healing the country
- The 2016 election exposed the country’s rot
The 2016 presidential campaign and Trump’s election has exposed the many cracks in this country. A nation built on the backs of slaves and immigrants still has deep roots of racism, sexism, and everything in between. Many Americans have not yet learned to work together and see themselves in other people despite a difference in background, or socioeconomic status.
According to Clinton, we need to get to the root of our issues so that we can begin to heal. She explained to The Guardian,
I [once believed] all that mattered was the bottom line of the outcome, like, how many lives were improved, how many people were saved, how many more people got to go to school without debt, how many people had healthcare, how many women got to have paid maternity leave. I still believe that is what matters most.
But I also now believe that intentions and tone and decency matter, because I think the wreckage that we’re seeing at this moment is one that will, I hope, be repaired on the policy standpoint when we elect Democrats. But I think we will still then have work to do on repairing the tone in our country, the exposure of the real racist and sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and antisemitic feeling which is on the rise in our country – a rot that has been exposed.
Next: Being clear about where she stands
Calling out the BS on both sides
- Chelsea wants politicians on both sides to be better
Though Clinton is a Democrat, she has been quick to call out both parties on their political dung and awful behavior. When former Clinton campaign advisor Philippe Reines wrote a nasty and sexist tweet about Vanessa Trump, Clinton was quick to call his words vile.
Also, when President Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump, became the source of media scrutiny, Clinton was not having it. In August 2017 tweeted, “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves.”
We think we could all use a little more of Chelsea Clinton in American politics.
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