Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

Why do we ridicule any words whispered by members of the Trump family, yet we accept Chelsea Clinton’s shenanigans before, during and after her reign as First Daughter?

Mocking a President is fair game. It goes with the territory. But their offspring should be off-limits.

I am not endorsing Ivanka, nor am I condemning Chelsea. They have much in common.

Both graduated from private schools, then headed off to the Ivy League. Both wore Vera Wang wedding gowns and married Jewish men. They are both approaching 40, live in Manhattan and have fathers-in-law who have served time in prison. And of course, they both have philandering fathers with despicable track records regarding womanizing.

Regardless, if you seek support in making Ivanka appear foolish, you got it. Simply search cyberspace, turn on your TV or peruse your daily paper.

(Dear Chelsea, if you are reading this, don’t take it personally. You’re probable pretty cool. And I am confident that your positive attributes far outweigh those on the list I’ve compiled. But this is not about you or Ivanka. It’s about Us. We the People. If you ever find yourself in South Texas, please join us for a Shabbat Dinner).

Chelsea Clinton was on the cover of Vanity fair. C’mon. If any breathtakingly beautiful Trump adorns a magazine, it’s considered problematic.

On Chelsea’s self-proclaimed prodigy status, she states that since her father learned to read when he was three, “So, of course, I thought I had to too.” To too? My young daughters thought that was what ballerinas wear.

Chelsea tells us that at age 5, she wrote a letter to President Reagan. She objected to his planned visit to the Bitburg cemetery in Germany, because Nazis were buried there. Today she disappointingly informs us that President Reagan failed to heed her warning, “...but at least I had tried in my own small way.”

C’mon. Ya really believe the letter was her idea based on a 5-year-olds’ amazing grasp of geopolitical history and social injustice? Oh, I forgot. By age 5 she had already been reading for over 2 years.

So, at age 5 Chelsea was interpreting the news with the maturity of an adult. Then what happened?

As an adult she states on her twitter feed, “Yes. Yes. Yes. Closing the #wagegap is crucial to a strong economy.”

BRILLIANT! Do ya think her 1.6 million followers were impressed?

Perhaps her parents need to dictate what she tweets so she can sound as mature as she did at age 5.

When asked what she reads, Chelsea responds that she has “…an embarrassingly large collection of books.” So, I guess her answer is that she has books. And lots of them. But does she read them? Only the daughter of politicians can answer a question without answering the question.

And after abandoning her short-lived dedication to a vegetarian lifestyle, she explained why, so scientifically: “I’m a big believer in listening to my body’s cravings.”

So, her unique body cravings told her that a juicy burger beats buckwheat and broccoli?

Regarding her transient trial (and error?) as a Wall Street tycoon, she eloquently explained her exit with, “I was curious if I could care about money on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t.”

Her profound philosophical orations include:

“Words without action are ... meaningless. Words with inaction are ... just words. Words with opposite action is ... hypocrisy.”

Say what? Perhaps Gandhi or The Buddha would understand.

But we criticize the preachings of the former First Daughter. Heresy.

President Trump’s family has been targeted before his presidency, during his presidency and I suspect shall linger on ad Infinitum.

Chelsea is treated more like a poor neglected puppy than an independent 39-year-old multimillionaire socialite.

C’mon. Take off the kid gloves with Chelsea or leave Trump’s children alone.

Gary S. Branfman, MD, Victoria

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