Poised Chelsea Clinton Praises Hillary: 'I'm So Grateful To Be Her Daughter'
There was a moment of love and joy as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton hugged on stage after the proud daughter introduced her mother for her keynote DNC address Thursday.
Chelsea introduced her as a mother and grandmother who "makes me proud every single day."
“I hope that one day my children will be as proud of me as I am of my mother. I'm so grateful to be her daughter. I'm so grateful that she's Charlotte and Aidan's grandmother," Chelsea said inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
Chelsea was poised and confident as her speech conveyed a similar message as that of her friend, Ivanka Trump, at the RNC last week when she introduced her father.
Hillary was watching Chelsea’s speech with a mother's pride back stage.
“I loved that my parents expected me to have opinions and be able to back them up with facts. I never once doubted that they cared about my thoughts and ideas. And I always, always knew how deeply they loved me,” the 36-year-old said.
Hillary took time to savor the historic moment and it was close to three minutes before she began her acceptance speech after her daughter’s introduction. She spoke directly to Chelsea sitting just feet away.
“I'm so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you've become,” the Democratic presidential nominee said.
America has seen Chelsea grow up in front of their very eyes.
Chelsea was 12 when her father took office and the family moved from Little Rock, Arkansas, to the White House.
The only child to Bill and Hillary spent her teen years inside Washington, D.C., where she attended private school at Sidwell Friends School. In 1997, Chelsea attended Stanford University where she majored in history. In 2001, Chelsea followed in her father’s footsteps and attended Oxford University in England to earn her master’s degree.
She would later return to America and complete earn a doctorate at Columbia University and NYU.
In 2010, she married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, they have two children together, Charlotte, 1, and Aiden, who was born last month.
On Thursday, the daughter to America’s 42nd president introduced the woman she hopes is the country’s 45th.
Hillary pulled no punches as she jabbed at Donald Trump’s rhetoric and campaign.
“Ask yourself: Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign,” she said. “He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he's gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he's challenged in a debate. When he sees a protestor at a rally.”
The former secretary of state added: “Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
Hillary discussed how she vowed to create stricter gun laws and not take away arms from owners.
“I'm not here to take away your guns,” she said. “I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place.”
The former New York senator displayed why she should be president and why her former friend is not qualified.
“For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump's comments — excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show,” she said.
She defended John McCain, who was chastised by Trump for becoming a prisoner of war. She said the Arizona senator “deserves our respect,” and could not believe Trump’s comments about him.
“It was just too hard to fathom that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things, could be like that,” she said. “But here's the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump... This is it.”
Trump took to Twitter to chastise Hillary and her speech.
Hillary's refusal to mention Radical Islam, as she pushes a 550% increase in refugees, is more proof that she is unfit to lead the country.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
Our way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
Hillary will never reform Wall Street. She is owned by Wall Street!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
Hillary's vision is a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
Hillary's wars in the Middle East have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton - corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2016
Once Hillary’s speech ended, she was greeted on stage by her family and a bevy of balloons that rained down on the arena.