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Chelsea Clinton Calls On Americans To 'Not Stay Silent'

| by Lauren Briggs

Bill and Hillary Clinton may be done running for political office, but their daughter Chelsea Clinton has no intentions of quieting down. On May 30, she urged her fellow citizens to join her in speaking up as much as possible.

"Certainly I think we all have a responsibility to not stay silent now," Clinton told NBC's "Today" while promoting her new children's book, "She Persisted."

The 37-year-old Chelsea campaigned heavily for her mother, Hillary Clinton, when she ran against eventual winner Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But just because the election is over doesn't mean Chelsea is going anywhere.

"I did so many events for my mom and I had the chance to share my thoughts, kind of publicly in those forums," Chelsea added. "I did lots of interviews. You know, now I continue to share my views after inauguration."

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Chelsea, who is the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, regularly speaks her mind on Twitter and has been known to call out President Trump and others.

"I've recognized, as a lot of people have, that Twitter is a vehicle for me to share my thoughts," the mother of two said in April during an interview with Variety.

"Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie told Chelsea that she has been "sassier" and "more active" on Twitter than she was while campaigning for her mother. Chelsea responded to say that she looks forward to being an activist both online and elsewhere, even if her parents are done with politics for good.

"I don't think what I say today is really any different than what I would have said had I been asked similar questions or had similar kinds of issues [come up] on a stage," she added. " … I think we have to speak up and use whatever platforms we have and certainly social media is part of that."

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Since Chelsea has continued weighing in on political issues and otherwise maintaining a public presence after the campaign, some political observers have speculated that she might be gearing up to continue her parents' legacies and run for office, though she has denied on several occasions that she is looking to do that.

"I don't have any plans to [run]," Chelsea told Guthrie. "I don't think that being a citizen is just something that happens in an election year. I think that it's something that we have to feel a responsibility to every day and these days more than ever."

Guthrie responded that it sounded like Chelsea's answer was: "Maybe."

Sources: Today, Variety / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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