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 CrenshawCongress needs to continue fighting the opioid epidemic Liz Cheney hits back at Ocasio-Cortez over concentration camp comments: 'This isn't model Congress' Republican lawmaker: Plan to #CancelStudentDebt 'is immoral' 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 OmarThe four House Democrats who voted against the border funding bill Ocasio-Cortez: It was easier to get elected to Congress than pay off student loan debt Progressive group endorses three House freshmen 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 Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Impeaching the president: At what cost, and by what method? The Evergreen State and the soul of the Democratic Party MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' 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 TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back 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."