Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton lashed out at President Donald Trump during an interview with The Guardian claiming that his words and actions “degrade what it means to be an American.”
Clinton, who was doing press for her latest children’s book “She Persisted Around The World,” lamented that the way Trump behaves has changed the way Americans communicate. She admitted that it has even changed the way she thinks about and responds to criticism.
Clinton said that she used to simply ignore personal attacks on social media and explained that she now sees the importance in calling people out. She told the The Guardian, “Now I’ve come to feel differently, because I think that the way that our president and many people around him have not only mainstreamed hate, but mainlined it, is so deeply dangerous.”
Clinton said that she now feels called upon to speak up, and to use her platform to fight back against the hate, saying, “I think those of us who have platforms to do that have to say this is wrong and unacceptable, so we don’t normalize it but try to detoxify what has been unleashed. Because if we don’t, we leave a vacuum. And I think the darkness fills that vacuum.” (RELATED: Chelsea Clinton To Trump: ‘Do Your Job’)
When asked about the president’s upcoming visit to the U.K., Clinton said that she would likely be a part of any protest that might be held. She noted that her children had attended several protests in the United States since the 2016 election, adding, “If I lived in Britain I would show up to protest, because I don’t agree with what he’s doing to degrade what it means to be an American.”