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Are critics being too hard on Chelsea Clinton?

Like her parents, Chelsea Clinton draws ire from both the left and the right. Many are aghast the former First Daughter was just given a seat on the board of travel giant Expedia, as well as an "Impact Award" from Variety. Critics are still furious about Clinton's short-lived NBC gig, for which she made $600,000 annuallyas well as her book deals and board memberships. Her defenders say Chelsea is smart and qualified—her detractors say her whole career reeks of nepotism. What do you think?

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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."
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But other people have had it with the way Chelsea is treated. They think a lot of the vitriol directed her way is just sexism.

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