The former first daughter took the time to respond to a Twitter commenter trolling her over the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which plagued her mother’s 2016 presidential campaign. (To recap: Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, had his emails hacked, prompting speculation that they contained coded messages about an alleged child sex ring at a Washington, D.C., pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong. Despite being discredited, the rumors resulted in death threats, an incident with an armed man at the pizzeria and a smear campaign against Clinton.)
Years later, her daughter is still fending off Pizzagate attacks. When a troll — who commented on her post about New York’s ban on conversion therapy — joked about her “parents still ordering pizza,” the younger Clinton took the kill-them-with-kindness approach while subtly pointing out the troll’s spelling errors. She also threw in a fun fact: The former first family digs cheese pizza.
Hi Virginia – Cheese pizza is a family favorite though my dad now goes the vegan route. My children seem to thankfully & hilariously share all their thoughts aloud. No plans for a pizza business. And, since you replied, hope you too oppose child abuse/conversion therapy. https://t.co/EsDP8MxdEW
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 15, 2019
Twitter users praised Clinton for taking the high road.
@ChelseaClinton, you continue to respond with grace and a touch of humor. Much admiration and many kudos for your ability to remain level-headed
— Marianne boykin (@Marianneboykin1) January 15, 2019
Chelsea, I don’t know how you do it- you manage to be civil while being insulted by crazies, like her..pizza is my favorite food!
— Candy F (@Candace95047404) January 16, 2019
I see what you did there. 😉. Well played. You are a classy person. Keep it up
— Amy Patton (@amypatton50) January 15, 2019
Chelsea, you’re awesome! Thank you for sending a positive message!
— K. E. Bade (@ajune77) January 16, 2019
Give ‘Em hell girl, but ya know, classy because you gotta be you ❤️ I have always admired your clap backs!
— Tricia (@coobyd_tricia) January 16, 2019
You are magic my friend! Way to keep it high when they go far too low!
— Tiffany N. Adams (@ProBizDem) January 16, 2019
It’s not the first time Clinton has responded politely to a troll. In June, she thanked a critic who compared her looks to a horse and donkey, saying she was “flattered by the compliment.”
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