Chelsea Clinton Stands Up For The Privacy Of Brett Kavanaugh's Daughters

Kavanaugh's kids "do not belong in your cartoons, 'jokes', or skits," Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is defending the daughters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following their inclusion in a mocking political cartoon released last week.

The cartoon, illustrated by Chris Britt, criticizes Kavanaugh and specifically, the testimony he made last Thursday in a hearing related to the sexual assault allegations brought against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. During the hearing, Kavanaugh mentioned his children, recalling the time that his daughter asked that their family pray for Ford.

Britt addresses this anecdote in his illustration, depicting one of the Supreme Court nominee's children at bedtime with the caption, "Kavanaugh's daughter says another prayer." But in the speech bubble above the little girl's head, it's seen that she's actually praying for forgiveness for her father for his anger, his consumption of alcohol, and "for sexually assaulting Dr. Ford." 

Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegations in the hearing.

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The cartoon, which was posted on Britt's Facebook page, quickly drew fierce backlash from the public on social media. Clinton was among the many standing up for Kavanaugh's kids. "Please leave Judge Kavanaugh's daughters alone," she wrote on Twitter. "They do not belong in your cartoons, 'jokes', or skits. If you can't make your point about Judge Kavanaugh, whatever it may be, without bullying his kids, it's not worth making."

Britt has spoken out in defense of the cartoon. "Kavanaugh is the one who ushered his own daughter into the national conversation by telling us his story" about her prayer, he said, per The Washington Post, also adding, "The cartoon is not about his daughter — it's about Brett Kavanaugh's possible heavy drinking, his anger and his possibly sexually assaulting Doctor Ford."

The Illinois Times, the publication for which Britt is a regular freelance contributor, has distanced itself from the cartoon, clarifying that it was never printed in their publication. 

Clinton, who is obviously all too familiar with the experience of growing up in the political arena, has always been a vocal advocate of preserving the privacy of children with highly publicized parents. In the past, she has defended President Trump's youngest son, Barron, who was only 10 years old when his father took office.

"I've repeatedly said and will keep saying Barron should be afforded the right and space and privacy to be a kid," she tweeted in April 2017.

Cover image via REUTERS/Lucas Jackson.

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