Chelsea Clinton Warns of Sexism, Racism, Islamophobia in Trump’s America

Former first daughter claims privileged Americans need to give voice to the 'forcibly silenced'

Chelsea Clinton appeared to take a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump when she declared that “sexism is not an opinion” and “Islamophobia is not an opinion” during her remarks Monday at the CARE national conference in Washington, D.C.

Former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s daughter said “those of us that have been blessed” should right the wrongs that exist in U.S. society. Clinton did not offer an explanation of what those steps may be before launching into a laundry list of threatening viewpoints that should be opposed.

“When you’re working crazy hard to make ends meet and get the bills paid, you really don’t want somebody who grew up in a house with a chef telling you why everything you believe is wrong.”

“I think, though, that we also have to recognize particularly at this moment that sexism is not an opinion. Islamophobia is not an opinion. Racism is not an opinion. Homophobia is not an opinion. Jingoism is not an opinion,” Clinton told the audience.

Although she did not mention the president by name, Clinton dropped heavy hints that Trump and his supporters were the subjects she believes hold and perpetuate such views.

In order to solve all the United States’ problems, Clinton advised that all its citizens assume a “posture of listening” while getting “comfortable with standing up and speaking out” against any of the egregious aforementioned behavior.

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“Because I also agree that for those of us that have been blessed — and by definition all of us on this stage today have been blessed — there is a responsibility with kind of giving voice to the voiceless, but also using our own voices,” Clinton said.

“I completely agree that we have to always start by listening and calling out and giving a platform, encouraging — particularly those who are and have been structurally disempowered and often forcibly silenced,” Clinton added. “And I think we all have a vested interest … to our first principles of always moving toward a more perfect union.”

Eddie Zipperer, an assistant professor of political science at Georgia Military College, told LifeZette in an email that “there’s nothing Middle Americans hate more than having a Jeb Bush or Chelsea Clinton preach at them.”

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“When you’re working crazy hard to make ends meet and get the bills paid, you really don’t want somebody who grew up in a house with a chef telling you why everything you believe is wrong,” Zipperer said. “This is some pretty tired rhetoric from Chelsea. Lashing out at decent, hardworking people because they’re beneath you is so 2016.”

As Clinton spoke at the CARE conference, she also touted her new book about womens’ rights activists, conspicuously titled, “She Persisted,” which borrowed from the phrase Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) used against progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) when he scolded her for violating Senate rules earlier this year.

In another apparent jab at Trump and McConnell, Clinton noted that her book was “inspired by events here in the United States.”

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