Like most Americans, when Chelsea Clinton heard about this morning’s shooting of five people at a Republican team practice for tomorrow’s annual Congressional baseball game, her thoughts turned to the victims.
Upon learning that all five were in stable condition, she read that Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called the wife of wounded Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) to let her know that he would be ok, and Chelsea did not hesitate to express her gratitude publicly. (Tweet below.)
What is remarkable about Chelsea’s comment is that the Republican Flake stands in staunch opposition to her values and virtually everything progressives fight for. He opposes a living wage and denies the need to combat climate change, among his conservative stances.
Even more telling, Flake has an A-rating from the NRA, which contributed $344,752 to his last Senate campaign, and actively worked to block an up-or-down vote on expanding background checks for gun buyers.
Nevertheless, Chelsea Clinton looked past political differences and found humanity.
Of course, this does not change Chelsea’s determination to work for a safer more equitable America. Rather, it serves as an important reminder that we can be fierce in our determination without being vicious in our interactions.
Chelsea Clinton remains an important voice and role model for America.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 14, 2017
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com