Many Americans were seriously alarmed when they learned that Chelsea Clinton decided to author a children’s book after Elizabeth Warren’s recent Senate fiasco. This is taking things to another level, and it’s not a good level to be on.
Clinton, who hasn’t really done much in the way of proving she is worth more than her last name, has decided to author a politically themed children’s book titled, “She Persisted.” According to the Washington Free Beacon, the book was “an apparent nod” to the Feb. 7 incident on the Senate floor in which Warren was formally silenced for impugning a peer, former Sen. and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
According to the Free Beacon, Clinton’s illustrated book will include the stories of 13 women who have played prominent roles in American history, but so far only 12 names have been announced.
According to Entertainment Weekly, they are:
- escaped slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman
- disabled rights crusader and ACLU co-founder Helen Keller
- journalist Nellie Bly
- Native American ballerina Maria Tallchief
- civil rights activist Claudette Colvin
- labor activist Clara Lemlich
- civil rights activist Ruby Bridges
- Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House and Senate (and a Republican)
- Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut
- track star Florence Griffith Joyner
- media mogul Oprah Winfrey
- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Apparently, Clinton was leaving room for one more influential woman. Care to guess who that might be?
“I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than,” Clinton said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The 13 women in ‘She Persisted’ all overcame adversity to help shape our country — sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience,” she explained. “With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country — and the world — that persistence is power.”
Try telling that to her mother, who persisted — twice — in running hopeless campaigns for president and never made it into power. Oh, well.
A book like this could be good for young girls, if it weren’t so obviously marketed to capitalize on the Warren controversy and not so politically charged. Showing young girls influential women throughout history is not a bad idea, but doing so in such a crass political way is simply shameless opportunism.
Of course, Chelsea Clinton is just that — a Clinton — and probably lists “shameless opportunism” as a core competency on her LinkedIn profile.
She’s also rumored to have her own political ambitions, but parents should still be alarmed that she’s trying to use American children as a market like this.
Apparently, Twitter agrees:
Of all the literary subgenres out there, can we all agree none is more grotesque than “political children’s book?” https://t.co/ZDEWRYQl9S
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) March 16, 2017
Chelsea Clinton’s picture book: “She Persisted” is her way to make $, off people too blind to realize that’s what she’s doing. Sheep. -VJ
— RealVinnieJames (@RealVinnieJames) March 16, 2017
Chelsea Clinton writing a book titled “‘She Persisted”. I hope she explains how difficult it was growing up as daughter of POTUS & a Senator
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) March 16, 2017
— Shena Thomas (@ShenaThomas6) March 16, 2017
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