'Rush Limbaugh said I looked like a dog': Chelsea Clinton reveals how talk show host made fun of her looks when she was just 13 years old
Chelsea Clinton has told how Rush Limbaugh made fun of her looks when she was 13 years old by comparing her to a dog.
The 32-year-old said she identified with Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, who was branded a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' by the controversial talk show host, during a panel about women in politics last week.
'She and I actually have something in common. We’ve both have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh,' Clinton said, adding, 'She was 30. I was 13.'
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The Chelsea Clinton said she identified with Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, who was branded a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' by the controversial talk show, during a debate last week
The former first daughter was referring to the 1993 incident in which Limbaugh mocked the teenager's appearance.
'Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?' he had said, before showing an image of the young Clinton.
'I’m grateful I don’t remember the exact phrasing,' Clinton said during the debate. 'Thankfully I had grown up in public life and knew that having thick skin was a survival skill.'
'I do also believe if you have the right type of enemies you’re doing something correct,' she added.
Debate: Panelists Sandra Fluke, far left, Nicole Wallace, editor-in-chief of Glamour Cindi Leive, Stephanie Schriock, Abby Huntsman Livingston, Amy Holmes, moderator Chelsea Clinton and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at the Women In Politics Panel at 92nd Street Y on March 28 2012
Outrageous: Rush Limbaugh, left, branded law student Sandra Fluke a 'slut' after she spoke out about contraception
Limbaugh apologised after both incidents but his comments about Fluke caused widespread condemnation, prompting high-profile advertisers to pull out from his radio show.
During the panel with Clinton, the law student said she hoped the conservative host's comments had not put other women off speaking out in the future.
'I was worried they would think, "I should sit down and shut up, because if I speak out, this is what happens" ... I want women to see this as an empowering moment,' she said.
Hilary Clinton also weighed in on the debate during an interview with MSNBC this week.
'As a woman and as someone who can be can vaguely remember being a young woman, and as a mother of a young woman of that age and generation, I thought the response was very encouraging,' she said.
'The response from the public, the response from women cutting across all kinds of categories, the response from advertisers, so I'll let that speak for itself.'
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