Chelsea Clinton was confronted by several students who claimed her “rhetoric” had “stoked” the New Zealand mosque attacks
The video was taken Friday at a vigil in New York for the 49 victims of the shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Students confronted Clinton, an author and the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, over statements she made earlier this month denouncing anti-Semitism after Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and alleged money and lobbying were driving the United States to defend Israel and halt debate over the issue.
“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” a student can be heard saying to Clinton, who is pregnant with her third child. “And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”
Other students who circled around started snapping in support, a showing of solidarity instead of clapping.
Here is a pregnant Chelsea Clinton being accosted in public by NYU students blaming her for the New Zealand massacre. You are free to have your opinion, but how you express yourself matters. Note how Clinton never shuts down or stops listening, despite not deserving any of this. pic.twitter.com/V6XcC3lWCB
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 16, 2019
Clinton responded, putting her hands up to her heart, and calmly telling the group that she was sorry they felt her comments were wrong.
“I am so sorry that you feel that way,” Clinton told the students. “It certainly was never my intention. I do believe that words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity with each other.”
Another student can be heard asking, “What does ‘I’m sorry you feel that way mean?”
Many Twitter users pointed out that one of the students was wearing a Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign t-shirt:
Aaaaaand that woman who confronted Chelsea Clinton was wearing a Bernie 2020 shirt, in case you were wondering how the primaries and general were going to play out. Expect them to pull more of these stunts. pic.twitter.com/xOps8isXyO
— Jordan (@_Jordan_J_) March 16, 2019
Others shared now-deleted screenshots of one of the students attempting to raise money off of the viral video confrontation:
— John Rennhack (@johnrennhack) March 16, 2019
“Give me money for yelling lies at Chelsea Clinton” https://t.co/XBc3RHynos
— Andrew 🌐 (@A_M_Dolan) March 15, 2019
Clinton, who is the vice chairwoman of the Clinton Foundation, condemned Friday’s attacks on the New Zealand mosques.
“Heartbroken & horrified by the white nationalist terrorist attack during Jummah on the mosques and Muslim community in Christchurch,” she wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Keeping all affected by this tragedy in my heart and prayers. We need a global response to the global threat of violent white nationalism.”