Chelsea Clinton shares her initial reaction to Donald Trump calling her mother a "nasty woman" during the debate

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 20, 2016 03:53 PM

The Internet may have reclaimed Donald Trump‘s “nasty woman” comment about rival Hillary Clinton during Wednesday night’s debate — but Chelsea Clinton is struggling to see the silver lining in the slur.

“It just makes me sad that it is part of our presidential election system,” she said when asked about the comment during a Thursday appearance on The Talk. “And I’m really biased toward my mom, but I do hope on Nov. 8 we send a really strong message that love really does Trump hate.”

In the closing moments of the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Trump interrupted the Democratic nominee’s remarks on Social Security to call her a “nasty woman.”

Chelsea said Thursday, “My first reaction was, ‘Oh no, now no one’s going to pay attention to Social Security, which is a really important conversation and hasn’t gotten enough attention this election season.’ ”

The former and possible future first daughter, who appeared on the show in a campaign T-shirt and purple ribbon for GLAAD’s Spirit Day in support of LGBTQ teens, added, “I think it has been clear now for many months who Donald Trump is, and particularly as we are sitting here on GLAAD Spirit Day … that he has a view of who he thinks isn’t as good as he is. And sadly I think we’ve seen that to include women and minorities and immigrants and the LGBT community.”

Chelsea also condemned Trump’s refusal to say he will accept the election results if he loses. “Listening to what Trump said last night, flying in the face of 240 years of bipartisan commitment to accept the results of our election, was so distressing to me,” she said. “I have been grateful to hear last night and today the bipartisan condemnation of that. One of the things that makes our country great is the peaceful transformation of power and we must respect that.”

Though Chelsea is no fan of the GOP nominee, she says she’s still committed to maintaining her friendship with his daughter Ivanka Trump.

“Our friendship began well before this election season, and I certainly hope that it continues well afterwards,” she said. “I think it’s very clear that we have different views for what the right answer is for our country … and then it will be Nov. 9, as hard as that might seem. And I think friendships and friends are really important to keep regardless.”

If her mother is elected on Nov. 8, Chelsea will become a first daughter twice over. And her father will embrace a new role as the first first gentleman “with seriousness and also levity,” Chelsea said.

“He said he would love to be called First Laddie,” she added. “Just knock on wood that we hope that we get there, because I really do look forward to calling my mom Madam President.”