Hillary Clinton Mourns Death of Her Youngest Brother Tony Rodham
The former presidential nominee shared the sad news of the loss of her sibling on social media, writing a heartfelt farewell to him.
71-year-old Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on June 8 to share that her youngest brother Tony Rodham passed away the night before, aged 65, keeping his cause of death to herself and dedicating loving words to him.
“It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much,” Clinton tweeted.
TONY RODHAM (1954-2019)
Rodham was a consultant and businessman who helped Clinton on her 2008 race for the Democratic nomination against former president Barack Obama, doing fundraising in Pennsylvania.
He also served at the Democratic National Convention in 1992, when his brother-in-law Bill Clinton was president of the United States.
The former U.S. senator, Secretary of State, first lady and Democratic presidential candidate announced Saturday on Twitter her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, died Friday. https://t.co/ulqMbFHrHh— ABC News (@ABC) June 8, 2019
While he wasn’t as involved in Hillary’s 2016 presidential bid, Rodham was seen alongside his sister in a campaign visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania, their father’s hometown.
Rodham was married for the second time to Megan Madden in 2005, sharing two children with her. He also had a son with his first wife Nicole Boxer, before the two divorced in 2001.
Rodham’s first wedding was celebrated in the White House Rose Garden in 1994.
We lost my brother Tony last night. It’s hard to find words, my mind is flooded with memories of him today. When he walked into a room he’d light it up with laughter. He was kind, generous, & a wonderful husband to Megan & father to Zach, Simon, & Fiona. We’ll miss him very much.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2019
HE FACED BACKLASH FOR HIS FAMILY TIES
His involvement with the Clinton’s sometimes brought criticism to Rodham, who was sometimes accused of taking advantage of his sister’s position of power, something that he admitted, but not with clarifying that there was a negative aspect of it.
“It can go both ways. There’s some wonderful things that have happened to me because of my relationship with Hillary and Bill, and there’s been some really terrible things that have happened to me,” he said in 1999.
HILLARY’S FEAR OF ‘FASCISM’
Mrs. Clinton, who has chosen not to run for the 2020 presidential elections, on which President Donald Trump hopes to be reelected, spoke against the latter the same day on which she announced her brother’s passing.
The former Secretary of State spoke at Wellesley College that Saturday, using the occasion to warn against what she sees as the rise of fascism in the US, pointing out to Trump’s political movement without a direct mention to his name.
At Wellesley, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton encourage protest and political action to protect America from the growing threat of fascism under Trump. https://t.co/3aAcCNmhK4— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 9, 2019
"There is nothing normal about undermining the rule of law. There is nothing normal about attacking the press,” she said.
“There is nothing normal about trying to undermine another branch of government. There is nothing normal about trying to use the political system to go after your enemies. There is nothing normal about any of that," added Mrs. Clinton.