Clinton declares ‘crisis in our democracy,’ as Harvard gives her a medal

Clinton declares 'crisis in our democracy,' as Harvard gives her a medal

Hillary Clinton declared that there was a “crisis in our democracy” in a speech on Friday as she received a medal from Harvard University for her service to the country. Clinton, who has frequently given a dour appraisal of America’s current political and social reality, was given the Radcliffe Medal, which honors those who have had a “transformative impact on society.” Organizers said they chose Clinton because the former secretary of state was a human rights champion, as well as a “skilled legislator” and an “advocate of American leadership” on the world stage. In her remarks, she did not mention President Trump by name, but took some not-so-veiled swipes at the White House — talking about leaders who seek to polarize the nation, delegitimize news outlets and also spread fake news. “Attempting to erase the line between fact and fiction, truth and reality is a core feature of authoritarianism,” she said. As in previous speeches, Clinton painted a grim outlook for America’s current state and she has made no secret of her opposition to what her 2016 opponent is doing. “Right now we are living through a crisis in our democracy,” she said. “There are certainly not tanks in the street but what is happening today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.” “I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election, but an American afraid of losing a country,” she said. In her remarks, she called for “democratic resilience” to combat that […]

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