As 2017 comes to a close and the website PolitiFact determines their “Lie of the Year,” it is my hope that they look back on the number of newspaper, magazine, and television interviews Chelsea Clinton has done iterating that she’s not running for political office.
In a new interview with Variety, Chelsea was asked to name one secret. Stumped for a moment, she says, “I am not running for public office.”
Variety, in partnership with Lifetime, is promoting the “Power of Women” annual luncheon in which Clinton will be honored with the “Lifetime Impact” award for her humanitarian work.
When asked what her message is to the 66 million voters who cast their ballot for her mother, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea had this to say:
Everything that took you to the polls that day, hopefully takes you to the streets, takes you to social media, takes you into conversations at work, at home, wherever you may be — to talk about what’s really at risk in this moment. Because I think everything is at risk. Our fundamental rights, our fundamental security, are at risk. If you also believe that, raise your voice and help others raise their voices. If we don’t, we’re going to have a country that doesn’t look like the country that we live in today. This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines.
It appears that Chelsea’s statements contradict each other. It’s a classic “Do as I say, not as I do.” Why insist that “this is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines” when you are, in fact, staying on the sidelines?
Sure, we knew that Chelsea probably wouldn’t run against President Trump in 2020 because, like her mother, she wouldn’t win. But, what’s the endgame here, if it’s not to make ends?
Why give all of these media outlets interviews if you’re final decision is “not running?” It doesn’t make sense unless you’re really out to cash those checks.
Evidently, Chelsea sees her responsibilities as being committed to the Clinton Foundation in which she’s the vice chair and teaching at Columbia University.
“I’m committed to raising my voice in opposition to and affirmation of, when I think it’s important to do so. We know the majority of our country doesn’t support what’s happening. We need to make it clear that we’re not the silent majority.”
She might as well have added, “and I’ll do it for the right price.”