Chelsea Clinton Reveals The 'Unexpected Blessing' Of Her Mother's Election Loss

It's all about family.

Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election was devastating for many of her supporters. Clinton herself admitted at an event one week after the election that there were times when all she wanted to do was "curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again." She has also joined the public in joking about her penchant for walking in the woods.

But there has been some good to come out of it, as Clinton's daughter Chelsea revealed on ABC's The View this week to promote her new children's book, She Persisted.

"The unexpected blessing has been all the time we've been able to spend together as a family," she told the co-hosts, explaining that "a little Chardonnay" and "a lot of Charlotte" has helped her mother cope since the election. Charlotte is the younger Clinton's 2-year-old daughter. She and her husband Marc Mezvinsky also have a son, Aidan, who turns a year old this month.

Clinton shared that the family recently planted a garden together at her parents' house in Chappaqua, N.Y. "Seeing my mother and my father dig in the dirt with my daughter was such an unforeseen gift," she said.


While Clinton is an only child, her husband is one of 11, so she shared the different reactions between their families when they shared they were expecting their first child. Her mother-in-law was excited for the baby to "join the family," while her own parents "acted as if the whole universe had shifted."

"And I think it's good for our kids that they have this team on my husband's side, and that now they really are the center of the universe for my parents," she said.

Clinton also talked about her own childhood, refuting host Joy Behar's assumption that her life growing up was dominated by politics. "My memories as a kid are my parents coming to my dance recitals or my choir recitals, or helping me with my science homework," she said. 

The importance of giving the children of politicians a normal childhood is something Clinton has been outspoken about in recent months, as she defended Donald Trump's son Barron from criticism on Twitter.

Although Clinton has been vocal about her views on social media since the election, she once again resisted the idea of running for office herself — although she expressed enthusiasm for the number of women who are interested in politics. "I hope that we will have more women throwing their hat in the ring, and I look forward to supporting some of those women in the future," she said.

You can watch Chelsea Clinton's interview on The View below:


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