The former First Daughter has given her strongest indication yet she will follow parents Hillary and Bill into politics, saying she will "definitely maybe" run for office.
In Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival where she is promoting her children’s book, Clinton told the audience “as much as I abhor so much of what President Trump is doing, I have a great amount of gratitude for what my congresswoman and my senators are doing to try to stop him at every point.”
She went on to describe Trump’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents as “the greatest sin of the moment” and outlined how she had no immediate plans to run for office but was open to the idea.
Chelsea Clinton: I definitely may run for office https://t.co/z1mdrdX9cz
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 20, 2018
Clinton on running for office: “Maybe in the future”
“At federal level, as much as I abhor so much of what President Trump is doing, I have a great amount of gratitude for what my congresswoman and my senators are doing to try to stop him at every point,” she said.
“While I disagree with the president … I think my family is being really well represented. But if that were to change, if my city councillor were to retire, if my congresswoman were to retire, my senators, and I thought that I could make a positive impact, then I think I would really have to ask my answer to that question.
“For me it’s a definite no now but it’s a definite maybe in the future because who knows what the future is going to bring?”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 21, 2018
Chelsea Clinton has previously said she wasn’t considering a career in politics
Clinton’s comments marked the first time she has gone on the record as having any inclination to go into politics. Last year, she told Variety “one thing you may not know about me is I am not running for public office. I mean, I just — no.”
Over the past year, Clinton has used her Twitter account to critique the Trump administration and advocate various progressive political causes, leading some to believe she was considering entering politics. She has recently been working with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative and wrote She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World, two children’s books about inspirational and high-achieving women.
Clinton also said she empathised with Barron Trump, the youngest son of Donald. Clinton was 12 years old when her father Bill became President and she was attacked by political opponents over her appearance.
“I feel incredibly protective of Barron Trump, who is now 12 years old, the same age that I was,” she said.
“I disagree with his father on everything but people have made fun of (Barron), bullied him, for his appearance, or for him being more private.
“I have no patience for that because he’s a child and he deserves a childhood as every child does.”