On Tuesday evening, a Twitter user replied to an innocuous post about a mosquito emoji made by a former first daughter. The reply included an unrelated meme claiming that Hillary Clinton once told Seventeen magazine that she would be disappointed if her daughter chose to marry a black man (this information is false). In response, Chelsea Clinton took the Twitter troll to task for spreading the fake meme, calling him out on his factual inaccuracies — in the classiest way possible, of course.
The meme shared by the troll featured a photograph of a younger-looking Hillary with the following phrase emblazoned over it:
Would I be extremely disappointed if she [Chelsea] chose to marry a black man? Yes. Would I stop loving her? No, absolutely not. - Seventeen Magazine, 1995.
The words "Do not vote for a racist" and "Jill 2016" were also at the bottom of the photo.
After seeing the fake meme, Chelsea posted a status update, vigorously defending her mother and condemning the troll for spreading false information. Chelsea was matter-of-fact in her response:
Hi John! This is...not true. I know that because 1) I know my mom and 2) I read Seventeen magazine in 1995. Did you? And, although you didn't ask, I would have LOVED my mom to actually be interviewed by Seventeen!!"
According to Snopes, the false claims made by the troll were actually initiated in September 2016, during presidential election season. Snopes did its own research and confirmed that the claims are false. As the outlet described, there exists no evidence that Clinton ever made the remark — or that she ever gave an interview at all to Seventeen, which typically did not cover politics or political figures at the time.
Snopes contacted Seventeen to confirm that an interview never took place and received an emailed response from a magazine spokesperson. In reply, the spokesperson again confirmed that the allegations were false.
I couldn't find anything on Hilary Clinton from the 1995 Seventeen editions. I looked through each individual magazine and saw nothing!
Tuesday does not constitute the first time that Chelsea has taken to social media to defend her mother — and, indeed, other members of current and past first families as well. Back in July, Chelsea took to Twitter to condemn Fox News host Lisa Marie Boothe for suggesting on television that Hillary Clinton would "literally sell her only child to be president."
Chelsea expressed unwavering support for her mother in response to Boothe's comment:
No, she wouldn't. I've never doubted & always known I was the most important part of her life. Now as a mom I'm even more grateful to my mom.
In addition to her mom, Chelsea has also used Twitter to come to the defense of other sons and daughters of U.S. presidents. Back in November, after a video emerged that appeared to show former first daughter Malia Obama smoking, Chelsea leapt to her defense on Twitter.
Malia Obama's private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better.
Moreover, in August, after an article criticizing Barron Trump's outfit was published by a conservative media outlet, Chelsea didn't hold back in condemning those who were infringing on the president's son's privacy.
"It's high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves," she tweeted. Chelsea also later followed up with another tweet that read, "Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame."
Overall, it is very clear that Chelsea will not hesitate to call others out on social media if they are perpetuating misinformation or unfairly infringing on people's lives — including her mom's and many others.
Disclosure: Hillary Clinton's son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky joined Social Capital, an investor in Bustle Digital Group, in mid 2017 and joined the Board of Bustle Digital Group in early 2018.