Chelsea Clinton tries to sound clever about Confederate statues; suffers EPIC fail

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Chelsea Clinton speaks at The Clinton Global Initiative Winter Meeting at Sheraton New York Times Square on February 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Chelsea Clinton, perhaps prepping for a future run for office, entered the fray yesterday surrounding the protests against Confederate statues. According to Clinton, the statues are equivalent to celebrations of Satan.

Yes, she really said that — and the blowback she’s receiving is immense.

She posted the message in a tweet on Thursday. “The story of Lucifer—who rebelled against God—is part of many Christians’ traditions,” she said. “I’ve never been in a church with a Lucifer statue.”

Clinton was apparently trying to associate Lucifer’s rebellion with that of the rebel Confederates in an attempt to show why Confederate statues should not be allowed to remain.

The tweet has received more than 16,000 retweets, including one from horror author Anne Rice, who responded, “Excellent point, Chelsea: really a fine point. No, no statues of Lucifer. No statues of Judas either.”

Others weren’t so supportive:

One particularly hilarious exchange happened when one supporter reminded her that some cathedrals actually do have statues of Lucifer:

For many in the South, the Confederate statues in question don’t necessarily celebrate individuals, but rather those ancestors who fought and died in the Civil War — which many believe was mostly about states’ rights. Also, many of the men who served for the South did so because they had no choice. Additionally, not everyone who is honored with a statue maintained their views about slavery or the rebellion their entire whole lives. Many changed.

The real question is whether we should judge people from a different era on a belief they held during one point in their lives — or whether we should look at the totality of how they lived over the course of their lifetimes.

[NOTE: This article was written by Michael Cantrell. Follow him on Twitter @MCantrell0928 and on Facebook]

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