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Chelsea Clinton: Mom a 'Fighter' Who 'Never, Ever Gives Up'

Chelsea spoke as only a daughter could, attempting to personalize her mother, Hillary Clinton, as ""wonderful, thoughtful and hilarious."
Chelsea Clinton speaks during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, Philadelphia, Penn.NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP - Getty Images

Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton's only daughter, spoke at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, delivering an account of her mother as someone who was "always there" for her personally and a "fighter" professionally.

Chelsea spoke as only a daughter could, attempting to personalize her mom as ""wonderful, thoughtful and hilarious."

The Democratic nominee has struggled in this election - and elections past - with the personal aspect of her character. She's often depicted as cold and untrustworthy. Her daughter addressed those criticisms head on.

She recounted memories from her childhood, including daily notes her mom left for her when she was away on a work trip or the time she fell down, her mom picked her up and read her the book "Goodnight Moon."

The former first daughter, herself a mother of a two year-old and a 5 1/2 week old, said her mom instilled in her a sense of responsibility that comes with her privilege.

"I never had to worry about a safe neighborhood to play in, and they taught me to care about what happens in our world, and to do whatever I could to change what frustrated me and what felt wrong," Chelsea said. "They taught me that’s the responsibility that comes with being smiled on by fate."

Chelsea slipped in what seems to be a knock against her mother's opponent, Donald Trump.

"I love that my parents expected me to have opinions and to be able to back them up with facts," she said.

Chelsea said her mother wasn't just concerned about her well-being, but the opportunities for all children. She transitioned her remarks to describe what it was like seeing her mom experience some very hard-caught battles, including her 1994 effort to pass universal health care. Chelsea admitted that "it was tough to watch."

"People ask me all the time, how does she do it? How does she keep going amid the sound and the fury of politics? Here’s how: because she never ever forgets who she’s fighting for," Chelsea said.

Chelsea expanded on a saying Hillary made famous during a visit to Beijing in 1995, saying she is standing behind someone "who knows women’s rights are human rights, and who knows that LGBT rights are human rights - here at home and around the world."