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Albright: Democratic Institutions Are Under Attack Worldwide

In a speech at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center, former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright says bipartisanship is needed in foreign policy.

Madeleine Albright at the Bush Library
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Facism: A Warning - BookThere’s no denying the divisiveness in American politics. Or the perception many Americans have that traditional institutions of our representative democracy — like government oversight and a free press — are threatened.

It probably didn’t help Wednesday, when Pres. Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and installed an acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, a critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Or when the President earlier Wednesday lambasted the press at a news conference, again calling a reporter an “enemy of the people.”

Former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright says such traditional institutions are under attack in many nations — and some far more dramatically than in our own. She stresses our divided nation needs to check its party divisions at the door when it comes to foreign policy, and that our success in dealing with other countries depends greatly on cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.  

In the audio above, we hear some highlights from her speech on Election Day at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station. She has a new book called Fascism: A Warning.

Madeleine Albright at the Bush Library
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

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