Trump Jr. defended Chelsea Clinton after being accused publicly that her comments against Rep. Ilhan Omar are part of the same anti-muslim rhetoric that motivated the New Zealand attacks.
As the Trump family never cease to amaze, this time Donald Trump Jr. took on Twitter Saturday to defend Chelsea Clinton, who was accused of pilling on anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the New Zealand mosque attack.
“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism,” Trump Jr. tweeted, adding that “we should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up.” A rather unexpected comment, as President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s belligerence, continues, even after the 2016 presidential run.
It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 16, 2019
The tweet came after Clinton was publicly confronted Friday by Palestinian activist Leen Dweik, during a public vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand that left 50 people dead and over 50 injured.
In a video that circulated social media, Dweik is seen telling Clinton that "this is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world!", adding that she wants Hillary Clinton’s daughter to "feel deep inside" her guilt in what happened to the victims.
To the “words,” Palestinian Muslim activist referred to Clinton's support of a smear-campaign against congresswoman Ilhan Omar, calling her anti-semitic after she suggested that members of U.S. Congress support Israel because of money they receive from the pro-Israel lobbying groups. A campaign that soon turned into anti-muslim and racist rhetoric against her faith and background, supported by both the Republican and Democratic establishment.
“We were shocked when Clinton arrived at the vigil, given that she had not yet apologized to Rep. Omar for the public vilification against her. We thought it was inappropriate for her to show up to a vigil for a community she had so recently stoked hatred against,” Dweik and activist Rose Asaf wrote Saturday on an op-ed for BuzzFeed.
It's a causal fallacy to say Chelsea Clinton bears literal responsibility for the NZ massacre. She doesn't. She does however bear responsibility for sparking a horrendously toxic smear campaign against a female Muslim member of Congress who did nothing wrong. So, there's that— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 16, 2019
As social media users weighted upon the matter, some argued that in fact, Clinton did participate in a smear campaign against Omar as other criticized Dweik for associating two apparently distanced issues. “To them, we say that anti-Muslim bigotry must be addressed wherever it exists...This is about people who do and do not have power, and how those with power use it. A global environment of hatred and vilification against Muslims created this killer,” the activists argued in their article.
Yet this is not the first time the political elite’s offspring have come out to defend their political “opponents”. In 2017, both Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump publicly stood behind Malia Obama, the former first daughter, after some videos showed her smoking and partying in college. And in 2019, after some pictures of Obama’s daughter, allegedly underage drinking, were published, once again Clinton and this time Jenna Bush, George W. Bush’s daughter, quickly took on Twitter. Or the time Clinton defended Trump's young son after social media turned him into a meme.
No matter the cause, this just shows that class solidarity does happen, at least in the higher rankings of the political elite.