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Chelsea Clinton responds to viral student confrontation: ‘We all have a real responsibility to listen to each other’

Chelsea Clinton on Wednesday spoke publicly about a viral video last month that showed her being confronted by students who claims she “stoked” hatred that led to the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Clinton appeared on “The View” and said the incident highlighted the need for respectful dialogue.

{mosads}“We have so much pain and anger in our country and in our world right now,” Clinton said. “And I think we do have a real responsibility to listen to each other.”

“It’s more important now than it’s maybe ever been in my lifetime,” she added.

The interview follows a viral video that showed students at New York University confronting Clinton last month at a vigil for victims of the massacre, which left 50 people dead and dozens injured.

“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” the student is seen on video saying. “And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”

Clinton, who is pregnant with her third child, told the student she was sorry she felt that way.

“Certainly, it was never my intention,” Clinton said in the video. “I do believe words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity.”

When speaking with “The View” co-hosts on Wednesday, Clinton said it was important for viewers to remember why the crowd was gathering together that day.

“Even now, a few weeks later, 50 Muslims were massacred by a white national terrorist,” Clinton continued. “We have to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and also against this global threat of white national terrorism that is a challenge here in the United States and, tragically, around the world.”

Clinton, an author and the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said she spoke with the student in the video one-on-one after the incident.

Clinton received widespread praise for keeping her composure during the heated exchange, even earning a defense from Donald Trump Jr.

The confrontation reportedly stemmed from Clinton’s condemnation of comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in recent weeks. Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has been at the center of a debate on anti-Semitism after she made remarks interpreted as questioning whether Jewish Americans are loyal to the United States.

Clinton said on Wednesday that Omar demonstrated “extraordinary leadership” in listening to the backlash her comments created.

Omar vowed to continue commenting on issues she was passionate about “and yet not do it using language that she understood was harmful,” Clinton said.

“And I think that’s actually the type of political leadership we need more of in our country,” she added.

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