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De Blasio Defends Chelsea Clinton: Showed Dignity and Compassion in the Face of ‘Irresponsible Accusations’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Chelsea Clinton‘s defense with a statement criticizing how she was confronted at a vigil for the New Zealand mosque terror attack.

A student activist at the vigil told Clinton––who criticized Congresswoman Ilhan Omar last month––that “this right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out” and “49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”

In a statement this afternoon, de Blasio said, “Chelsea Clinton has dedicated her life to standing up against hate and division — and she proved it with the dignity and compassion she showed in the face of irresponsible accusations that she somehow ‘stoked’ the tragedy in New Zealand.”

De Blasio was not the only one who defended Clinton after the video of the confrontation went viral:

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