Hillary Clinton was on fire at the Democratic National Convention as she officially accepted her nomination for President, but a new face caught viewers’ attention: her nephew, Tyler Clinton.
According to the NY Daily News, the internet has been fascinated with Tyler Clinton ever since he was spotted in the background during the televised political event in Philadelphia last week.
Google searches have revealed that the 22-year-old, whose father is Bill Clinton’s half-brother Roger Clinton Jr, has modeled for photographer Adina Doria. Tyler Clinton appears shirtless in several of those photos, featured on Doria’s website, much to many internet users’ delight.
One Tyler Clinton fan cleverly changed the hashtag #ImWithHer, which Twitter users have been posting in support of Hillary Clinton throughout the election, to #ImWithHerAndHim.
Hillary’s nephew is a graduate of Loyola Marymount College in California. There isn’t much more information available about Tyler Clinton yet and, unfortunately for his new not-so-secret admirers, he doesn’t seem to have an Instagram account either.
Considering just the mere sight of his face on television caused a meltdown online, it might be worth getting one sometime soon. With all of this attention, his modeling career may end up really taking off, if past situations like these are any indication.
This certainly isn’t the first time that social media has exploded because of a presidential candidate’s (or former President’s) relative that a large group of people happened to find attractive.
Patrick Schwarzenegger, now 22, got quite a bit of attention for his good looks while his father, actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for President in 2008. Since then, the younger Schwarzenegger has modeled for Tom Ford alongside other celebrity children, as Today reported. However, more recent media coverage of him focuses on his string of beautiful girlfriends, some models as well.
Former President John F. Kennedy’s only grandson Jack Schlossberg recently joined the ranks too. Unlike Patrick Schwarzenegger and Tyler Clinton (although we don’t really know what the latter’s interests are yet), however, Schlossberg seems to be interested in the political arena like his ancestors were.
In April, People reported that Schlossberg presented the Profile in Courage Award to Governor Dannel Molloy of Connecticut. The Award was created in honor of Schlossberg’s grandfather. Prior to that, he wrote an essay for Time Magazine expressing his opinion about what needs to be done regarding the Syrian refugee crisis.
The 23-year-old even jumped into this year’s presidential election with an op-ed for Politico in January, “Ted Cruz Is No Jack Kennedy,” targeting Ted Cruz’s claims that President Kennedy would have been a Republican if he were still alive.
“As someone whose faith was seen as a ‘hazardous risk’ to his campaign, he would be horrified by the attacks made against Muslim-Americans by leading Republican candidates for president,” Schlossberg wrote. He also noted that Republican nominees constantly denied the existence of climate change, while his late grandfather was emphatic about science and technology being a top focus for the country.
“Were my grandfather alive today, he’d be excited about how far we have come as a nation since 1963, he would feel a sense of urgency about the challenges that lie ahead and he most certainly would not be a Republican.”
“The contrast is stark. Kennedy gave science and technology the highest national priority with his expansion of the space program. Most of the Republican Party denies climate change and has fought all efforts to address it.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Tyler Clinton will follow in his uncle and aunt’s footsteps and enter the political spotlight. Until then, the internet is certainly enjoying the temporary distraction from the weight of politics.
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