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 CrenshawVA 'ain't broke' — but it can certainly be improved Ocasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Ocasio-Cortez knocks Republican over Kentucky trip: 'GOP thought they could catch us with a bluff' 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 OmarDems seek to rein in calls for impeachment Nancy Pelosi had disastrous first 100 days as Speaker of the House The silencing of American Muslims 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 ClintonFive town hall takeaways: Warren shines, Sanders gives ammo to critics Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system Bernie Sanders claims his Sister Souljah moment MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Klobuchar jokes to Cuomo: 'I feel you creeping over my shoulder' but 'not in a Trumpian manner' Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment 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. slams 2020 Dems as 'more concerned' about rights of murderers than legal gun owners It is wrong to say 'no collusion' Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting 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."