Chelsea Clinton is the latest target of internet shaming—for skipping her daughter's first day of preschool. In what Slate is calling a "side-eyed takedown," the Daily Mail published a series of photos of Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and nanny with 2-year-old Charlotte. "It takes a village!" blared the Mail's headline. "Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc and their nanny take Charlotte to her first day of preschool—which mom misses to campaign for her sick mom." That would be grandma Hillary Clinton, who was recovering from pneumonia, and who the paper noted also missed the tot's big day. Baby brother Aidan was "presumably home with another nanny," the paper speculated, while publishing a photo of Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner walking daughter Arabella to her first day of kindergarten.
The Mail goes on to chronicle Mezvinsky's day, noting that he was on his phone while with Charlotte and that he later "enjoyed lunch for an hour-and-a-half" with a friend, suggesting that dads can't quite cut it while filling in for moms. Slate's Elissa Strauss calls the article a "remarkably unselfconscious example of mom-shaming." Maria Guido fumes on Scary Mommy: "The whole purpose of this article and subsequent coverage is to remind women that they are somehow going against nature by not being a mom first, all the time." A Chicago TV station invited readers on its Facebook page to "sound off" on whether it was OK for Clinton to skip the drop-off. But after comments like, "Your coverage of Chelsea Clinton not taking her child to school is appalling," the post came down.