A writer for liberal magazine Vanity Fair tore into Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, in a recent column lamenting over the mainstream media's insistence of keeping the former first daughter in the spotlight following her mother's second presidential heartbreak.
The column comes as countless media outlets continue to push Clinton stories, profiles and photoshoots. Variety magazine even put Clinton on the cover of a recent issue of their publication, while others ask Clinton again and again if she is going to run for political office.
The column, published Friday, is titled, "Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton From Whatever She Is Doing."
"Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods," Vanity Fair's T.A. Franks wrote in the column.
"One wishes to calm these publications," he added. "Nevertheless, they’ve persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats."
Franks went on to describe Clinton as an intellectual lightweight who's as bland as oatmeal.
"What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clinton—tweets, interviews, books—is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping," he wrote, noting this gem from Clinton's 2015 children's book "It’s Your World."
"At first glance, of course, Chelsea seems to be boasting that at age five she was interpreting the news with the maturity of an adult. But we should consider whether it’s instead a confession that as an adult she still interprets the news with the maturity of—well, let’s just submit that perhaps she thinks what other people tell her to think. Which brings us to Chelsea’s Twitter feed," Franks said of Clinton's supposed letter to Reagan.
Franks continued by ripping Clinton for her "blue state opinion" tweets, which she delves out on a daily basis to her 1.6 million Twitter followers, who Franks said have a cult-like obsession with the younger Clinton.
To find fault with the former First Daughter is to invite the wrath of thousands. Love of Chelsea correlates closely with love of Hillary, toward whom her fans have long felt an odd protectiveness, as if she were a stroke survivor regaining the power of speech rather than one of the most influential people in the world. That goes even more for Chelsea, who is often treated less like an independent 37-year-old multi-millionaire and more like the 12-year-old who still deserves to be left alone.
"On the other hand, if you’re posing for magazine covers, granting interviews, doing book tours, placing your name on your parents’ multi-million-dollar foundation, and tweeting out daily to 1.6 million people, then—guess what—you’re a public figure. And if you’ve openly entertained the possibility of running for office if “it was something I felt called to do,” then assurances to the contrary aren’t quite good enough," Franks added. "You’re a public hazard."
The magazine politics writer concludes by noting that political dynasties as of late haven't worked out well, pointing to Jeb Bush, son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother to former President George W. Bush, losing in last year's Republican presidential primary. He also pointed to Hillary Clinton losing in last year's presidential election to then-Republican nominee Donald Trump.
"God has decreed that American political dynasties decline sharply in suitability for office with each iteration. Call it the George H.W.-George W.-Jeb rule. Quit after the first iteration. Don’t trot out the second one. And, for the love of God, don’t trot out the third," Franks explained. "Forgetting that rule harmed the Democratic Party in 2016 and blew up the Republican Party entirely."
Noting that the Democratic Party has now found some cohesiveness with their anti-Trump sentiment, Franks said that "a Jeb-style destruction" is unlikely for the Democratic Party with one caveat: "But never say never. If anyone could make it happen, Chelsea could," Franks declared.