By Michael d’Oliveira
Most liberals and conservatives only speak out in defense of their own. Chelsea Clinton defends everyone, regardless of who they are, if she thinks they haven’t been treated properly. On her Full Frontal show this week, Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” for not standing up to President Donald Trump about his immigration policies.
The response has been typical. Many liberals don’t think it’s a big deal and many conservatives want Bee to be fired. It’s reminiscent of the Roseanne Barr episode earlier this week where many conservatives were the ones trying to downplay what happened and many liberals were the ones up in arms. Bee has apologized to Ivanka Trump, but she’s already lost two advertisers, Autotrader and State Farm. More may follow in the coming days.
But while liberals and conservatives play musical chairs over how appropriate Bee’s remarks were, Chelsea Clinton has once again proved to be one of the few consistent voices. “It’s grossly inappropriate and just flat-out wrong to describe or talk about @IvankaTrump or any woman that way,” wrote Clinton on Twitter.
But this isn’t the first time Clinton has defended a member of the Trump family.
In August of last year, she called upon everyone in the media and the country to stop talking about Trump’s son, Barron, in a negative way. “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves.”
In November of last year, she also called upon people to leave President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, alone. Her defense of Malia and Barron probably come from her own experience of growing up in the White House and having to endure media scrutiny and ridicule, including being called a dog by Rush Limbaugh.
In May, Clinton called a tweet by Philippe Reines, former press secretary and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, “vile.” Reines was talking about Vanessa Trump divorcing her husband, Donald Trump, Jr. “Vanessa being with a Latin King must’ve driven you insanely jealous,” wrote Reines.
But none of this means Clinton doesn’t believe in criticizing Ivanka or any of Trump’s other adult children for what they say or do. She told Stephen Colbert in March that, “I think anyone who works for the president certainly should expect to be scrutinized for whatever decisions not only he or she is making, but whatever decisions the White House is making on any given day.”
But there are lines you don’t cross. Everyone’s idea of the line is different. Clinton seems to have drawn her line with using profanity to describe individuals. You may not agree with where she puts her line, but you can’t say she’s not consistent. And in a world full of hypocrites, that’s worth talking about.