Chelsea Clinton was widely mocked on Twitter Saturday after tweeting a link about a Girl Scouts program that helps children, whose mothers are in prison, have regular visits with their mothers.
Inside a Girl Scout Program That Brings Kids to Prison to See Their Moms https://t.co/I4SV5ZoyDw
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 5, 2017
The Time Magazine story profiles a Girl Scout troop, Troop 1500, based in Austin, Texas. On the third Saturday of each month, they take a two hour trip to a prison where many of the young girl’s mothers are incarcerated.
While there, the young girls and their mothers are able to spend quality time together in a room that resembles a classroom more than it does a prison.
The program has been dubbed “Girl Scouts Beyond Bars” and it began in Maryland in 1992, according to Time. Although it’s not clear how many families the program has helped over the years, Time reported that more than 150 young girls in the Lone Star State have benefited from the program, which also offers counseling to the young girls.
The Girl Scouts can remain in the program until they become 18.
The program is undoubtedly amazing and it has likely saved countless families and helped reconcile broken relationships. But people on Twitter were quick to scold Clinton for her tweet for political reasons, namely that she is the daughter of Hillary Clinton, who many believe is a criminal.
Indeed, many conservatives and Trump supporters dubbed Hillary Clinton a “criminal” during last year’s presidential election over the fact that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, causing her to retain highly classified information on an unsecure network, which is a serious crime. Hillary, however, was never charged with a crime.
Then there is the alleged “pay for play” scheme surrounding the Clinton Foundation, in addition to the general sense of corruption that many believe surround Hillary and her husband, Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.
Even then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump threatened legal action against Hillary during a presidential debate last year, saying he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the email scandal if he were elected president.
“So we’re going to get a special prosecutor, and we’re going to look into it,” Trump said. “Because you know what? People have been — their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done. And it’s a disgrace. And honestly, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
Needless to say, people were quick to torch Chelsea over the irony:
I'm sure Hillary will be glad to see you when go visit her there.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 5, 2017
You better join the girl scouts so you can visit yours soon!
— King👌Jimmy Leonidas (@WCSM1970) August 5, 2017
Maybe you should consider joining. Then you can visit your mom when justice is served. 🇺🇸👍
— David Holman (@dwhblueboy) August 5, 2017
So you will be using this program?
— PauliBabba (@PauliBabba) August 5, 2017
Oh, the irony of this tweet…
— KatieB (@MisitiKate) August 5, 2017
Where all bad mothers belong pic.twitter.com/OtS9Fj3V6C
— JohnBCool (@JohnBCool) August 5, 2017
You might want to join the Girl Scouts in order to visit your Mom.
— Benghazi Bob (@PowerGavin) August 5, 2017
Preparing your moms room? pic.twitter.com/uoAtTvexEq
— Puppet String News (@NewsPuppet) August 5, 2017
perhaps you can visit yours there soon
— Lisa Johnson (@ntwklisa) August 5, 2017