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READ: Chelsea Clinton Tweets ‘Naming Prejudice Isn’t Bullying, Nor Is It Impolite’

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Chelsea Clinton, Steve Bannon

When Chelsea Clinton heard that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, had been chosen to headline this year’s New Yorker film festival, she responded, while quoting writer Roxane Gay, that The New Yorker and The Economist were complicit in the “normalization of bigotry.”

Clinton’s response referenced Bannon’s beliefs, which reflect white nationalism (a label which he has rejected despite criticisms that he had legitimized such policies as a member of the White House). Shortly after Clinton responded to the Bannon controversy, a Twitter user by the name “Deplorable Kristi” accused her of “bullying” Bannon.

Clinton soon responded, telling the user that “naming prejudice isn’t bullying, nor is it impolite.”

The response earned Clinton praise across the board.

The announcement from David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, that Bannon would no longer headline the magazine’s upcoming festival came after an exodus of high-profile names who said they would not participate should Bannon headline the event. Like Clinton, these individuals––a list which includes film director Judd Apatow and comedian Patton Oswalt––said allowing Bannon to participate would normalize hate and bigotry.

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