Students at center of viral Chelsea Clinton video at New Zealand vigil speak out
In an interview with the Washington Post, the New York University seniors explain why they confronted Clinton and their surprise at how people responded.
Students confront Chelsea Clinton at New Zealand vigil
Two New York University students confronted Chelsea Clinton on March 15 for her criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). (Rose Asaf via Storyful)
By Colby ItkowitzMarch 16 at 11:12 AM
This story has been updated.
On Friday night, best friends and New York University students Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf attended a vigil at their school’s Islamic Center for the victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre.
One of the other attendees caught their attention: Chelsea Clinton.
The former first daughter last month tweeted to her 2.4 million followers criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for comments about Israel that included what some saw as anti-Semitic stereotypes. “Co-signed as an American,” Clinton tweeted in response to a tweet condemning Omar. “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”
Dweik, a Muslim Palestinian, and Asaf, a Jewish Israeli American, took offense to Clinton’s reaction, particularly her reference to “as an American.” Was Clinton suggesting that she was more “an American” than Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the two first Muslim women elected to Congress?
On Friday night, Dweik couldn’t let the moment pass without telling Clinton how she’d made them feel. After the event, she confronted Clinton about her tweet, accusing her of adding to the hatred of Muslims.
“This, right here, is a result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” Dweik told Clinton. “And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”
“I’m so sorry that you feel that way,” Clinton said. “Certainly, it was never my intention. I do believe words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity.”
Afterward Asaf posted a short clip of the encounter. It quickly went viral. By Saturday afternoon, Asaf had deleted her Twitter account because of the intense backlash and threats she and Dweik received.
Speaking to the Washington Post, the women shared why they felt compelled to confront Clinton.
Asaf said she felt Clinton’s actions were worthy of criticism, noting that she was one of the first high-profile figures to condemn Omar.
“She was the one who made this a story,” Asaf said, especially by using “as an American," which Asaf saw as an “anti-immigrant trope.” "To me, when speaking of someone who is a refugee, it’s a dog whistle, it’s signaling this is a patriotic issue and that nationalism excludes people like Ilhan Omar,” she said.
“I wanted to convey my grief," Dweik added. “It wasn’t this planned attack .. I very specifically waited until after the vigil. I wanted this person to know they’ve caused harm. You’ve done things that have hurt this community and the grief people feel today you’re not separate from.”
But that’s not the message many took away from what was shared on social media.
The video spread quickly on the internet, sparking a heated reaction. Some on the far left have sided with the students and questioned why Clinton would even attend the vigil. But many others, including those who are unlikely to be Clinton allies, felt the students unfairly targeted Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr., for one, came to Clinton’s defense.
It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, who has worked closely with the Clintons for decades, retweeted the post by Trump’s son, accusing him of trying to sow discord among Democrats.
“The right wants to exploit disputes in the Center-Left. I know people are upset by the video but I urge all to move on,” Tanden tweeted. “People were murdered by white nationalist hate,” she wrote. “Spend your time fighting that instead of each other.”
Dweik and Asaf, who met through Students for Justice in Palestine, said they did not expect the reaction to the video to be so toxic and critical. Asaf said if she could do anything differently it would be to frame the encounter to focus more on the grieving Muslim community and not on Clinton.
“I think one of the most important things we can do going forward is to listen to the people being targeted, to respect and center their narratives,” Dweik said. “When all of these people are grieving and when we’re thinking about how this person is feeling…we’re not centering the right voices.”
The mass shooting of 49 Muslim men, women and children, and the deeply emotional debate it touched off, came just a week after the U.S. House voted on a resolution condemning hate speech, inspired by Omar’s comments. The original version only referenced anti-Semitism but was broadened to include Islamophobia. Twenty-three Republicans opposed it because it didn’t solely focus on anti-Jewish remarks.
The House vote kicked off an emotional debate about terrorism and far right extremism that echoed back into focus this week. The admitted gunman in New Zealand said in 74-page manifesto that he hoped his attacks would stoke further tension in American politics. He cited President Trump as a “renewed symbol of white identity.”
In the hours after the attack, many Democrats criticized Trump’s rhetoric and policies around Muslims, and the rise of white nationalism in America after Trump’s election. Republicans, meanwhile, condemned hate and praised religious freedom but largely avoided references to white nationalism. When asked directly about the alleged shooter mentioning Trump by name, they strongly dismissed any suggestion that Trump helped trigger the attack.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also defended the president, saying that if people read the entire manifesto, they’ll see the admitted shooter is not a conservative but rather an “eco-terrorist,” a term often used to describe politically motivated attacks on behalf of the environment. When asked by reporters about the global rise of white nationalism, Trump downplayed it, saying it was just “a small group of people.”
Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), one of three Muslims in Congress, said the president’s remarks were a dog whistle to white supremacists. Trump is “making sure that those folks in his base who probably can’t be aligned with him publicly know that I still appreciate the support, I’m with you, I’m over here,” Carson said in a CNN interview Friday night. “And they’ve heard the message loudly and clearly.”
Earlier in the day, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted: “Daily reminder that we have a **Muslim Ban** in this country made out of the President’s hostility to Muslim people w/ little-to-no supporting evidence, and a Republican Party that tolerates it.”
Chelsea Clinton retweeted it.
April the Giraffe gives birth to new baby — a healthy boyAnn Albers, Binghamton Press & Sun-BulletinPublished 11:46 a.m. ET March 16, 2019 | Updated 4:24 p.m. ET March 16, 2019
April the Giraffe delivered her calf on Saturday, to the delight of an enthralled internet audience. The highly celebrated ungulate of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York went into labor before noon. (March 16) AP
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – April, the world famous mother giraffe, gave birth to her fifth calf, a boy, Saturday.
The calf was born at 12:43 p.m. April went into labor around 11 a.m. Saturday. The newborn giraffe was steady and on its feet by 1:27 p.m., and nursing by 1:51 p.m.
April and her calf were promptly examined by Dr. Tim Slater, the park’s veterinarian. Park owner Jordan Patch said both mom and baby are doing well.
“Success! We are thankful to have a healthy calf on the ground, nursing and bonding with mom. With wild giraffe numbers plummeting annually, every calf born counts,” Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, said.
The calf is April's second since arriving at Animal Adventure Park in 2015. Her fourth pregnancy overall, in 2017, sparked worldwide frenzy and shined a spotlight on the Harpursville park as many waited for one of April's bouncing babies to enter the world.
Calf Tajiri was born on site at the park on April 15, 2017 with over a million people watching the live birth.
Animal Adventure Park announced April was pregnant again in July 2018.
When this latest pregnancy was confirmed, April's due date was merely "spring 2019," but the park was able to make a more precise guess later in the year, expecting the giraffe to give birth sometime in March.
Fans were once again able to follow April's progress throughout her pregnancy on social media, and more than 300,000 tuned in to watch the birth live on YouTube.
Keepers had been noting signs the giraffe was nearing labor as early as Feb. 23.
Now that the calf has arrived, the park's attention turns to finding a name.
This photo provided by Animal Adventure Park shows April the Giraffe with her new male calf on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Harpursville, N.Y. (Photo: AP)
Tajiri's name was picked by former giraffe keeper Allysa Swilley, after "Keeper's Choice" drew the most votes in a 2017 naming contest. Swilley chose the name Tajiri because she said it meant "hope" and "confidence" in Swahili.
The name of Tajiri's new companion, Johari, which the park said is Swahili for Jewel, was also chosen through an online contest.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to meet for the first time in two years at Indian Wells semi-finalSave1
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the first time since 2017 in Indian Wells after the Spaniard defied more knee problems to defeat Karen Khachanov.
Nadal took a medical time-out after the third game of the second set to have tape applied under his right knee and looked in serious discomfort before battling to a 7-6(2) 7-6(2) victory, saving a set point to avoid being pushed to a decider.
Federer, who is looking to follow up his 100th title in Dubai last month, had a more comfortable outing in ending the run of young Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4.
With the last-four clash taking place on Saturday, there must be a question mark over whether Nadal will be fit enough even to start the match, and certainly whether he will be able to bring his best against Federer.
Assuming he does take to the court, Nadal will face his great rival for a 39th time, looking to improve his winning record to 24-15.
But recent history favours Federer, who has won all five of their matches since 2014, including in the fourth round here two years ago.
Their last meeting came in the final of the Shanghai Masters in October 2017, which Federer won 6-4 6-3.
Chicago Rapper Lil Mister Fatally ShotBYJOSHUA ESPINOZA
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Lil Mister, aka Lil Woppa, was reportedly shot and killed Friday night in Chicago. He was 24 years old.
Police told the Chicago Sun-Times that Lil Mister—real name Antwon Fields—sustained a bullet wound to the head at around 7:15 p.m. local time in the Englewood neighborhood. The rapper was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Chicago rapper Lil Mister reportedly shot & killed today in his hometown.
Mister is also the cousin of Lil Durk, who is currently on tour. As of Saturday afternoon, Durk has not publicly responded Mister's death.
In a 2017 interview with ZackTV, Mister spoke about the death of his good friend Lil Jojo, as well as the advice Durk gave him about dealing with beef.
Chicago police are continuing with their investigation of the shooting and have yet to arrest a suspect.
Mister was most known for his contributions to the drill movement, and dropped his biggest single, "No Lackin," in 2012. The young artist was reportedly incarcerated on traffic and weapons-related charges several years ago before getting released in 2016. His most recent output was "Ride or Die."
RCB failures down to bad decisions - Kohli
Kritika Naidu • Last updated on Sat, 16 Mar, 2019, 08:59 PM
Virat Kohli admitted he'll never play for any other franchise in the IPL © BCCI
Virat Kohli will never play for another franchise in the Indian Premier League other than the Royal Bangalore Challengers. This is a claim made not by assumption, but by his own admission. Having been associated with the Bangalore-based franchise since its inception in 2008, Kohli has developed a bond with not just the club's management, but also the city and the fans, and sums it up in a few words, "All over again for RCB, one more time, and forever."
Kohli has, after all, led RCB since the 2013 season. While his side has come close, it has never managed to bag the silverware yet, for various reasons. Kohli, though, puts it down to bad decision making.
"The failure lies where decisions aren't made properly," he said in Bangalore on Saturday (March 16). "If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won't be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose. When we played big matches too, our decision-making wasn't right."
While that may have been a problem of the past, looking ahead, Kohli stressed on the importance of creating a culture this year. A culture that will not just be a part of the set-up this year, but one that they are striving to make the essence of the franchise, that would live on, even bereft of Kohli.
"What we've spoken about this year is to lay down a culture, which is the most important thing for any team. One thing that remains an essence for any team is striving for excellence and being committed to what you want to achieve. That takes commitment on a daily basis, and that is something I'm looking forward to this season. We will require absolute professionalism from all our players. We'll give responsibility to the players to handle themselves on the field, off the field, and take good decisions, be responsible about their life and the sport as well.
"We all are here taking care of that culture for now. We're not going to be here after a few years, none of us can be here forever. But RCB will remain for a long, long time and the next lot of players that come in should feel that culture, embrace it and be proud of being part of this franchise. To me it has been a most special experience. I don't see myself leaving or playing for any other franchise. That's purely because of that connect. We're going to play this season for that connect."
While RCB seek to create a stronger culture, they also have on their hands, addressing problems from the past of - team balance, the apparent lack of depth in the middle order, or even the heavy dependency on Kohli and AB de Villiers for their runs. In alignment, they roped in the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and Heinrich Klaasen to beef up their batting this season. While RCB have been successful in bridging the gaps on paper in the past, they have fallen short on the field, an element Kohli acknowledged.
"When you choose players you obviously want to choose the strongest players that are in front of you and what your team requires the most. I think from that point of view we've been spot on doing that. But you can never predict how a season is going to go. In a couple of finals that we reached, we felt that maybe we don't have the right balance, but suddenly your players get into a zone where they're unstoppable and then you just back that team throughout the season," said Kohli.
RCB have recruited the arsenal they believed they needed, but that doesn't necessarily have to be a proven success, as Gary Kirsten, the RCB coach, acknowledged.
"I don't think it takes rocket science to work out where our weak points were. We've certainly tried to address that in our recruitment for this year. But as much as sport is about getting the right players on board...we have no clue if someone we've recruited is going to fire in this IPL or not. What we do know is we try to build a balance as best we can, based on learnings from past tournaments. And you've got to have a hard edge around your performances, you've got to build some momentum in the competition.
"And if we're able to do that, then some players that people think are not good enough, they might fire. There are a lot of teams that wouldn't have expected someone that did really well for them to do so. And we're no different. A lot of doing well in this tournament is around how you build that momentum and how you understand to win games in really close situations," Kirsten said.
For Kohli, however, it's about creating that culture he was referring to earlier, as the foundation for his side this season.
"The thing that stands out for me this season is that against all the beliefs and views that go around, the thing that we have been able to do in the last ten years is just create a fan base which is impossible to create if you are striving for things that are not real. That has happened purely because of the spirit with which we played our cricket.
"Even after so many years, having reached three finals and three semifinals and not having that trophy in our hand, we never felt like there was a lack of enthusiasm before starting a season. It can only happen when you have such a strong fan base and a stadium that you look forward to coming to and playing in.
"We spoke about creating a culture, and expecting people to follow it is going to be key. Every team is strong in the IPL, you have world-class players playing all over. It's the team that wants it the most, and wants it more badly that goes through. That is something we'll look forward to bringing out in the players this season and everyone is really driven about that. I can guarantee you there will be no lack of commitment or pride of playing for RCB this season."
But what is this culture that Kohli keeps referring to?
Kirsten elaborated: "Every team is trying to build something that allows a team to feed off what you are playing for. At the end of the day we need to have a shared purpose in terms of what we want to achieve as a team. Each of these players are commodities you know in IPL, so you need to get them to feel like they are playing for a shared purpose. Every team is trying to do that.
"Some have done it better than others. But I think every team is striving for that. We are going to make it the focus of our attention this year, to make sure that we understand what that shared purpose is. I think every team is trying to do that and it's important to have that," he said.
While the captain and coach strive towards one common goal of creating a culture, it will also be a test of how the two complement each other's style of leadership, which is visibly different from each other's. Kirsten is one who "likes to canvas opinions and ideas, and enjoys collaborative thinking".
"I understand Virat and I've worked a lot with him. We've all got very different styles. I think when you complement each other's styles, you can explore the leadership and that can be a really good thing. I'm excited about that. I know that I'm very different from Virat and I'm very different from Ashish as well. The more different you are, I think it helps. At the end of the day, you also want a shared vision and a shared purpose. And we all agree on certain things. For me, it's important everyone gets a shared voice."
March 16, 2019 6:03pm EDTMarch 16, 2019 6:03pm EDTBoxingTwo of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing battle for ultimate supremacy when Errol Spence Jr. puts the IBF welterweight title on the line against WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia. Sporting News will have live coverage inside AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
ARLINGTON - Mikey Garcia is looking to become a five-division world champion. The only thing standing in his way is one of the best fighters in the entire sport of boxing.
Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) will clash with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (24-0, 21 KOs) at AT&T Stadium on Fox PPV (9 p.m. ET) in a showdown loaded with intrigue. On one hand, you have Garcia, an undefeated four-division champion who is coming off yet another dominant performance when he previously unbeaten Robert Easter Jr. with ease to add the WBC lightweight title to his IBF title. He could have rested on his laurels and remained a dominant force in his weight class. Instead, he dared to be great by calling out one of the most ducked fighters around.
And then there's Errol Spence Jr. He's unbeaten and relatively untested. His scintillating power and overall pedigree has elevated the Texan to pound-for-pound status. He's finished 11 straight opponents and has long sought after the toughest opponents in his division. But they didn't want a piece of him. Instead, a lightweight came knocking on his door.
It's a clash of unbeaten fighters who are looking to add to their legacy. While Garcia is daring to be great, Spence is daring him to try.
This is a fight you will not want to miss.
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- Spence and Garcia is a fight many are looking forward to. People could be on the verge of seeing an all-time classic.
- Spence is the most dangerous puncher in the welterweight division, but also the most avoided. Despite the latter, the legend of the Texan continues to only get bigger.
- The consensus is Spence is going to blow through Garcia. Spence shoots the theory down to SN.
- Boxing fans salivate over the thought of Spence taking Keith Thurman, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. Spence tells SN the odds of those fights happening.
- David Benavidez's had a sideways journey to get to Saturday's fight with J'Leon Love. SN goes into what happened and Benavidez explains why it will lead to success.
- The last 13 months haven't gone the way Benavidez would have liked to go. He tells SN the Love fight is the beginning of the journey back to the super middleweight title.
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UFC London results: Leon Edwards earns impressive victory over Gunnar Nelson
But beating one of the welterweight division’s great grapplers at his own game? Now that was unexpected.
Edwards continued his slow-but-steady climb up the UFC welterweight ranks with his biggest win to date in Saturday’s co-feature bout at UFC London.
Edwards thoroughly outwrestled his Icelandic foe en route to victory. The official tally was a split decision at 02 Arena, as Edwards got 29-27 and 29-28 scores to a bizarre 29-28 Nelson score.
“I’m on a seven-fight win streak now in the hardest division in the sport,” Edwards said. “Put some respect on my name.”
Edwards set the tone early on by getting the better of Nelson, who never quite seemed himself, in both the standup, the clinch, and on the floor.
It was more of the same in the second, but this time, Edwards punctuated his performance with a hellacious standing elbow which immediately caused a hematoma underneath Nelson’s right eye. The elbow dropped Nelson, and Edwards pounced in the round’s closing seconds, but Nelson survived.
Nelson showed signs of life in the final round and final got a takedown and into top position in the final minute, but it was too little, too late.
With his seventh straight win and fourth decision victory in his past five, Edwards is now 17-3. Nelson (17-4-1) has now dropped two of his past three.