Chelsea Clinton was recently rebuked on Twitter after she implied that President Donald Trump’s controversial CNN tweet makes him unpresidential.
Trump ignited controversy on Sunday when he tweeted a short video of him body-slamming “CNN.” The video was from an appearance Trump made at a WrestleMania event in 2007 and the CNN logo was superimposed over the face of a WWE wrestler that Trump slammed to the ground and then began beating.
Outcry over the tweet was deafening. Many accused Trump of inciting violence against the media. CNN’s Ana Navarro said the tweet would lead to the murder of press members, while others called for Trump’s impeachment over the tweet. CNN host Brian Stelter even compared Trump to brutal dictators like Hugo Chavez over his mainstream media criticisms.
But Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, took a different route.
In a tweet on Sunday, Clinton noted that on the same day in 1776 that Trump made his controversial tweet, the Continental Congress was voting to officially declare independence from Great Britain. But 241 years later, the president of the U.S. was tweeting about being a WWE wrestler body-slamming the media.
"July 2, 1776: Continental Congress votes for independence. July 2, 2017: Trump auditions for @WWE,” Clinton wrote.
July 2, 1776: Continental Congress votes for independence July 2, 2017: Trump auditions for @WWE https://t.co/in4xXfCQeG— Chelsea Clinton (@Chelsea Clinton)1499005083.0
Of course, the implication of Clinton’s tweet is that Trump isn’t presidential, or at least that his tweeting and his controversial CNN tweet weren’t presidential. Clinton hammered home that point by contrasting it to what the American founding fathers were doing on that same day in the 18th century.
Indeed, many people shared Clinton’s sentiment. The tweet received more than 8,000 retweets and nearly 22,000 “likes."
However, there were many, many others who disagreed with Clinton, and reminded her that she doesn’t really have room to talk about activity that isn’t presidential given the actions of her parents.
December 19, 1998: The impeachment of Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
— jokeronparade 🇺🇸 (@jokeronparade) July 3, 2017
July 2, 2016: FBI interviews HRC about classified information improperly stored & transmitted on bathroom server b4 bleachbit & smashing w/🔨
— Lola💋 🇺🇸 (@DropThe_Mic) July 2, 2017
November, 1995, Bill Clinton begins an affair with a sleazy intern
November, 2016, Bill's wife Hillary loses election to Donald Trump
— Wiretapped Marshall (@PoliticalTropes) July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017: Donald Trump is President of the USA
July 2, 1997: Your father was embarrassing US by sexually taking advantage of an intern
— Danny Kampf (@BleedingRedDan) July 2, 2017
— MAGADauntlessDiamond (@diamondgirl2222) July 2, 2017
July 94 Whitewater
July 97 Monica affair
July 98 Clinton subpoena
July 99 90k fines/false testimony Paula Jones
— Grip Tightly (@GripTightly) July 3, 2017
July 3 2017 your mom & dad still can't practice law.
— Chris Conforti (@ChrisConforti2) July 2, 2017
July 2, 1997 Bull Clinton stains a blue dress
— Matthew (@zypldot) July 2, 2017
Nov. 8th, 2016: You lost your free Clinton Foundation paychecks! Oh, and your mom lost too! 😂😂
— | TN4️⃣Trump | 🇺🇸 (@TN_Trump) July 2, 2017
While others pointed out that on July 2 of this year, many Americans are just thankful that Clinton’s mom lost to Trump:
July 2 2017: Americans still celebrating .@HillaryClinton is not POTUS.
— Betsy (@ilovecrows28) July 2, 2017
July 2, 2017: Still thanking God for the bullet America dodged that you call Mom
— Hardhat Patriot (@Hardhat_Patriot) July 2, 2017
Hahahaha. And the people still elected HIM instead of your mom.
— john palomino (@johnpalomino) July 2, 2017
The story of the CNN tweet raged on into Wednesday after CNN was accused of threatening to dox the Reddit user who originally created the controversial video that Trump shared from his Twitter account.
Doxing is to search for the private information of an individual on the internet with the intent of using that information for malicious purposes. In this case, if CNN was to expose the identity of the Reddit user, that person may be subject to death threats and violence, given the politically charged nature of the situation.