Chelsea Clinton Has Found A Clever Way To Respond To Twitter Hate

It'd be nice to see other public figures do this, too.

Social media can be a volatile place, but Chelsea Clinton is handing out daily lessons on Twitter on how to operate with grace.

The daughter of former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Chelsea frequently faces vitriol and hate online. But she's made a very public habit of responding to that hate with overt positivity and humility.

In early August, Clinton tweeted "#vaccineswork to protect people and dogs" after reading a story about people not vaccinating their dogs. Then,  she linked to an article about the vaccine-preventable breakouts that have happened across the globe. A Plus has reported extensively on the massive vaccine push in India that has eradicated polio and how a new law in California is increasing vaccine rates and making kids safer

Nonetheless, Clinton drew the ire of a prominent anti-vaxxer online, who dubbed her the "Vaxhole of the week." But instead of responding to him with a nasty message, she retweeted him with a cheeky thank you.


Of course, Clinton isn't just talking the talk: the Clinton Foundation has an entire program dedicated to accelerating the roll out of vaccines, which they say will help prevent 50,000 child deaths across the country. 

It may seem a little too friendly for Twitter, a social media platform that is typically used to volley insults, fact checks and partisan pandering. Interestingly, it's actually a strategy Clinton uses often. With almost any tweet she sends out to her 1.89 million followers, there is a slew of nasty responses. But Clinton, who did not respond to a request for comment, rarely stoops low enough to trade barbs. Instead — perhaps channeling Michelle Obama's famous line "When they go low, we go high," — she usually thanks the tweeters and wishes them well.

Ironically, the tweets attacking her are often so rude or embarrassing that once she acknowledges them, the people who originally tweeted at her will delete their comment.

Cheerily greeting angry missives isn't the only way Clinton has used Twitter, either. She's tried to explain to her followers how climate change and child marriage are linked, defended current first kid Barron Trump from online harassment, and become increasingly open about her political opinions

In all, Clinton could serve as a fine role model for other public figures on how to fight hate with love, rather than helping accelerate the usual Twitter descent into arguments and insults.

Cover photo: JStone.


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