Chelsea Clinton introduces her mother at the DNC: 'Every day she makes me proud'

Chelsea Clinton.
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Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother at the Democratic National Convention by sharing that her toddler daughter, Charlotte, loves Elmo, blueberries, and above all, FaceTiming with her grandmother.

It doesn't matter if Hillary Clinton is about to attend a campaign rally or meeting, "she'll drop everything for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading Chugga Chugga Choo Choo with her granddaughter," Chelsea Clinton said. "Every day I spend as Charlotte and Aidan's mother, I think about my own mother, my wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious mother." Her earliest memory is of her mom picking her up after she had fallen down to give her a big hug, Clinton recalled. She was there at every basketball and soccer game, and they would spend countless Saturdays "finding shapes in the clouds, and making up stories about what we would do if we ever met a Triceratops."

Clinton said she's had a "special window" into how her mother serves, and she's "seen her holding the hands of mothers worried about how they''ll feed their kids, worried about how they'll get them health care." Clinton has also witnessed her mom springing into action, she said, "getting straight to work to see how fast she could get results. She always feels there isn't a moment to lose because she knows for that mother, there isn't." Clinton said she's been asked by many people how her mother "keeps going amid the sound and fury of politics. Here's how: It's because she never, ever forgets who she's fighting for," from foster kids to 9/11 first responders. "They grab her heart and her conscious and they never, ever let it go. That's who my mom is — she's a listener and a doer, a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice, and a heart full of love."

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This November, she's not only voting for her "role model as a mother and an advocate," Clinton said. She's casting her ballot for someone who has "spent her entire life fighting for families and children," the "progressive who will protect our planet from climate change and our communities from gun violence, who will reform our criminal justice system and who knows that women's rights are human rights and who knows LGBT rights are human rights." Someday, Clinton hopes her daughter and son will "be as proud of me as I am of my mom. I am so grateful to be her daughter. I'm so grateful that she is Charlotte and Aidan's grandmother. She makes me proud ever single day and Mom, Grandma would be so proud of you tonight." Backstage, Hillary Clinton was just as delighted by her daughter. Catherine Garcia

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.