Chelsea Clinton Defends Michelle Obama After Alt-Right Site Pushes Conspiracy Theory
A video on the Alex Jones-helmed Infowars claims the former First Lady is a man, and Clinton is not here for it.
Chelsea Clinton has been stepping into the role of moral authority on social media of late.
She has come to the digital defense of members of First Families both past and present over the past week, first calling out The Daily Caller for its scrutiny of 11-year-old Barron Trump's White House wardrobe, and now shutting down Infowars' promotion of the alt-right conspiracy theory that Michelle Obama is a man.
In a hateful video, conspiracy theorist-in-chief Alex Jones claims that Michelle has been referred to as "Michael" and that video proof of the appalling theory is being "censored off the Internet as fast as you can upload it."
"Since the early days of the Obama administration, citizens across the board have studied videos and photos of Michelle Obama, and said, 'That is a man,'" says Jones in the video, proposing that it was actually the infamous, sharp-tongued red carpet commentator, the late Joan Rivers, who launched the theory in the first place by calling Michelle "a tranny."
"She died a month later in a freak medical mishap," said Jones, who has inspired storylines on Homeland and Law & Order: SVU, seemingly suggesting that Rivers was killed for her comments. "I'm not saying Michelle Obama is a tranny, and I don't hate trannies, I'm a libertarian," he added, as though the phrase "I don't hate trannies" would wipe away any culpability of perpetuating the offensive conspiracy theory. Jones then brought the Obamas' children, Sasha and Malia, into the conversation, insinuating that they are "beards."
Clinton would have none of it. "Michelle Obama is everything this site will never be — honorable, brave, beloved, beautiful," she wrote on Twitter of the Jones-helmed website. "Don't need to watch an awful video to know that."
Clinton's digital heroism has not gone unnoticed by those in the current administration. After the former First Daughter showed her support for Barron, Melania Trump thanked Clinton on Twitter for standing up to those who bully children.
The 37-year-old has often used her platform to speak up for causes in which she believes. Her current feed features supportive words for multiple causes, including the transgender community in the face of the military ban.