‘I’m outraged every day by something Trump has done’ – Chelsea Clinton says she may enter politics

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‘I’m outraged every day by something Trump has done’ – Chelsea Clinton says she may enter politics


Former US President Bill Clinton (R) with his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton (L), former Secretary of State, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton (R) with his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton (L), former Secretary of State, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton
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Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with husband Bill and daughter Chelsea as she is ceremonially sworn in at the State Department in Washington in February 2009
The Clintons above; their daughter, Chelsea, and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, left Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, with a beaming Chelsea cradling little Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky in her arms.
Chelsea Clinton stands on stage during the Clinton Global Citizens awards ceremony for the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 (CGI) in New York. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Woman of the Year 2014, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and author Chelsea Clinton poses during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Glamour)
Chelsea Clinton (L) and Lupita Nyong’o attend the Glamour 2014 Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall
Laverne Cox (L) and Chelsea Clinton speak onstage during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Hillary Clinton’s supporters included husband Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky. (Photo by Rick Wilking-Pool/Getty Images)

Chelsea Clinton has said she has not ruled out running for office in the future, although she described a move into politics as a “definite no now”.

She told the Edinburgh International Book Festival that while she “abhorred” Donald Trump’s presidency, she has no current plans to follow in her parents’ footsteps.

She strongly criticised the US leader on issues such as the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border, branding the policy “the greatest sin of the moment”.

“At federal level as much as I abhor so much of what President Trump is doing, I have a great amount of gratitude for what my congresswoman and my senators are doing to try to stop him at every point,” Ms Clinton said.

“While I disagree with the President, other offices that I could run for I think my family … is being really well represented, but if that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators, and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question.

“For me it’s a definite no now but it’s a definite maybe in the future because who knows what the future is going to bring?”

Ms Clinton, who was promoting her children’s book on women who have persisted against adversity, was also asked about how her mother Hillary Clinton had handled the loss of the 2016 presidential election.

“She just has continued to persist forward in trying to have a positive impact in politics and outside politics in the way that I have seen her do my entire life,” she said.

“Of course it’s not the way I wish she would be doing that because I think she would’ve been a uniquely extraordinary president, but I’m not remotely surprised that she hasn’t pulled the covers over her head because that’s just not who my mom is.”

She added: “I’m outraged every day by something our president has done or said or left undone or neglected, or who he has recently bullied on Twitter or television.

“For me, sometimes, I think I’m just so fundamentally my mother’s daughter that I’m far more outraged by the Trump administration ripping children away from their families at the border and not having reunified those children with their families now for months, than I am about anything he has ever done to my families.”

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She continued: “In some ways I think this is the greatest sin of the moment in our country and we very much are doing everything we can to stop this from happening.”

Ms Clinton, who was just 12 when her father Bill Clinton entered the White House, spoke of how critics made fun of her looks and referred to her as a dog.

“I feel incredibly protective of Barron Trump, who is now 12 years old, the same age that I was,” she said.

“I disagree with his father on everything but people have made fun of, bullied him, for his appearance, or for him being more private.

“Equally I have no patience for that because he’s a child and he deserves a childhood as every child does.”

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