GOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks

GOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks
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Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP lawmakers call for new sanctions on senior Chinese officials Michigan suspends license of barber who vowed to keep his shop open 'until Jesus comes' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Hurd says China engaged in global disinformation campaign; US unemployment highest since Great Depression MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday came to the defense of Chelsea Clinton after a video of protesters confronting her at a vigil for victims of a massacre in New Zealand went viral.

Crenshaw replied to a tweet from liberal activist Linda Sarsour, who wrote that she was "triggered" by those who criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCity leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US Omar: Trump has failed to understand the 'pain and anguish many of his citizens are feeling' Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines MORE's (D-Minn.) tweets as anti-Semitic who have in turn spoken out against anti-Muslim bigotry in the wake of shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

"This is the kind of insanity poisoning young minds, and led to the terrible accusations against Chelsea Clinton at NYU," Crenshaw tweeted. "Chelsea Clinton is not to blame."


Protesters confronted Clinton, an author and the daughter of former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE, while she attended a vigil for victims of Friday's massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Those who approached Clinton claimed she "stoked" hatred that led to the New Zealand mosque shootings. The protesters were reportedly focused on the former first daughter's condemnation of Omar's comments, which numerous lawmakers have said deployed anti-Semitic tropes to question the U.S.-Israel relationship.

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

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

Clinton on Friday condemned the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and called for a "global response to the global threat of violent white nationalism."

As video of the exchange went viral, liberals and conservatives alike came to her defense.

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going 'establishment,' 'acting like Hillary' Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing MORE on Saturday called it "sickening" to see the protesters confront Clinton "because she spoke out against anti-Semitism."

“We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate," he tweeted. "Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem."