Chelsea Clinton dropped by “The Late Show” to chat with Stephen Colbert about her new children’s book “She Persisted Around the World,” but she also got into some discussion about the current administration and her family’s unique relationship with the Trump presidency. Obviously, her mother ran against him while Chelsea was at one time close friends with Ivanka Trump.
When Colbert tried to get her family’s raw, visceral and emotional response to Trump’s presidency, he instead got a thoughtfully worded response, to his frustration. He asked her, “How does your family cope with that level of anxiety that Donald Trump I think wants to generate every day?”
“We just talk about what should we be doing today,” she responded. “Which organizations and candidates should we be supporting? How do we both stand in opposition to the degradation of norms and institutions as well as the retrograde policies around voting rights, around women’s rights, around transgendered rights, and what do we do to keep pushing forward for the world that both my parents have been working on since before I was born and that I’m really eager to help build for my children and for your children, for future generations?
“The president, I think, thrives on anxiety and insults,” she continued. “Because I think, unfortunately, this administration is kind of a collision of cruelty and incompetence, there’s so much to just talk about what’s happening even beyond the President in Washington on any given day.”
But even with all of that said, she wouldn’t cop to throwing a glass of chardonnay at the TV ever. “It’s just not really productive,” she said.
“It’s not productive, but it feels so good!” Colbert countered.
He then shifted gears to talk about Clinton’s relationship with Ivanka, and their shared experiences as the daughters of presidents. “Were you asked to fix Middle East peace at any point?” he asked her.
Clinton admitted that she hadn’t talked to Ivanka in a long time, and said her former friend is fair game for criticism now. “I think anyone who works for the president certainly should expect to be scrutinized for whatever decisions not only she or he is making, but whatever decisions the White House is making on any given day,” she said, adding that she has been very vocal in her opposition to some of the policies Ivanka Trump has supported.
“Could you call her up and say, ‘Hey, maybe no war with North Korea,’ or anything like that?” Colbert asked. “You are a friend.”
“That we’re at a point in time where we have a president who has such a callous disregard for thoughtful, coherent expert-advised foreign policy is something I would hope regardless of where we sit on the political spectrum, we could agree on,” Clinton said.
There’s that thoughtful response again. Clearly there are no shortages of wine glasses in her household.
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