A group of New York University students confronted Chelsea Clinton on Friday at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre, telling the former first daughter that she had "stoked" Islamophobia when she denounced anti-Semitic comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar.
i can’t believe this has to be said, but i didn’t tell chelsea clinton she was the one who put a gun to muslims’ heads. i said, & continue to say, that by jumping on the right-wing bandwagon & villifying ilhan omar, she fed into the EXACT discourse we were at the vigil to protest— sippin on dat (@vivafalastin) March 16, 2019
"This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world," one student told Clinton. "I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there."
Clinton calmly responded: "I am so sorry you feel that way... Certainly, it was never my intention. I do believe words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity."
"What does 'I'm sorry you feel that way' mean?" asked another student.
The clip had gone viral by Saturday, prompting Donald Trump Jr. to come to her defense:
It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 16, 2019