Chelsea Clinton Feels the Need to 'Protect' Her Mom From Chanting Trump Supporters

By Susan Jones | October 1, 2019 | 5:51am EDT
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are making the media rounds to promote their new book on "gutsy women," a term Chelsea applies to her own mother. (Photo: Screen capture/CBS)

( - Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are making the media rounds to promote their new book about "gutsy women," and perhaps to remind voters that Hillary is still with us.

Appearing with Stephen Colbert Monday night, Chelsea said she feels the need to protect her mother, "because I do worry about her, given what we continue to see at his (Trump's) rallies, like the rabid 'lock her up' chants."


Colbert told Chelsea, "When you see the president of the United States so obsessed with Secretary Clinton, your mother, you must have an urge to protect your mother or defend your mother or slap his mouth (laughter) when he says her name, which, of course, would get you arrested by the Secret Service. But, like, why do you think he is so obsessed with your mom?"

Chelsea responded:

Well, some days I think he thinks about her more than I do, which is saying a lot -- (laughter and applause) -- because -- I think about her a lot.

And, you know, Stephen, I do, um, kind of feel a need to protect her, because I do worry about her, given what we continue to see at his rallies like the rabid "lock her up" chants. Years later, that it's still kind of his greatest hit, is troubling to me.

And I'm so proud of my mom. You're one of my original gutsy women. I'm so proud of all that she's done. ( Cheers and applause ) Yeah, hashtag gutsy women, but ultimately, you know, first and foremost, she's my mom, and now she's Charlotte, Aidan and Jasper's grandma.

So I do feel the need to protect her and, yet, most of all, I just am so grateful that she just continues to keep standing and standing for what she knows is right.

Most of Colbert's questions related to impeaching Trump and were addressed to Hillary Clinton, but Colbert never mentioned the impeachment of Hillary's husband for perjury and obstruction of justice.

It's not clear what law, if any, Trump may have violated in his July 25 conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky, when Trump requested cooperation with the ongoing probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, and later, almost as an afterthought, mentioned "Biden's son."

To recap that phone call, Zelensky tells Trump that his country is "ready to buy more Javelins (missiles) from the United States for defense purposes."

Trump says:

I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike-- I guess you have one of your wealthy people-- The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. [Trump is talking about the origins of the Russia probe.]

I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people, and I would like you to get to the bottom of it [again, the Trump-Russia probe]. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible.

Zelensky says:

We are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States, and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer...I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently, and we are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us...We are great friends, and you, Mr. President, have friends in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you.

After Zelensky mentions Giuliani and "all the investigations" – [note that Zelensky brought up Giuliani’s name and referred to “all the investigations”] -- Trump responds:

Good, because I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good, and he was shut down, and that's really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down, and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what's happening, and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news, so I just want to let you know that.

The other thing, there's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it -- it sounds horrible to me.

Zelensky goes on to talk about the fired prosecutor:

Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100 percent my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. (The company on whose board Hunter Biden sat -- Hunter Biden, the troubled son of Joe Biden, who was then serving as vice president.)


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