Are critics being too hard on Chelsea Clinton? | The Tylt
Are critics being too hard on Chelsea Clinton?
Chelsea's detractors say she only gets these amazing, high-paying, high-profile gigs (and book deals) because people want access to her parents, or because her name will get attention. When she was given a seat on the board of IAC/InterActiveCorp at the tender age of 31, Steven Davidoff Solomon at the New York Times scoffed:
Let’s be real. Ms. Clinton has this position only because she is the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the current secretary of state. This is clearly an appointment made because of who she is, not what she has done.
Sure, Chelsea has benefited from having famous, wealthy parents—but you don't see the Bush twins tweeting about the American Health Care Act (which Chelsea called "disgusting"), speaking out against violent white nationalism, or criticizing a federal bill that allows "the cruel killing of baby animals." She's been given a platform by her family, but she's trying to use her powers for good.
When Clinton penned a book entitled "She Persisted," after Elizabeth Warren's infamous showdown with Mitch McConnell, people on the left and the right accused her of capitalizing on the controversy just to make money.
Teen Vogue defended Chelsea after the backlash over her book "She Persisted," and called many of the critiques "misogynist and eyebrow-raising." Writer Dee Elizabeth points out Clinton's commitment to issues around women, girls, poverty, and the environment are not new, and were actually the subject of her first book:
....written to help young people understand the most important issues of our world today: climate change, gender equality, poverty, and education....Chelsea’s mission [is] to inform and empower the next generation, as well as a powerful reminder that rising above haters is the ultimate key to persistence.
Left-wing blogger Matt Bruenig detailed Chelsea's career in a recent blog post, and left no doubt about his conclusions:
"...a nepotist legacy case whose whole career to this point has been hopping from one dodgy patronage job to another....You could not put together a more unappealing force in the world than what Chelsea Clinton represents, personally or politically."