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Madeleine Albright: ‘Trump Makes Us Look Like a Victim’

"Fascism can find a foothold wherever people are unhappy and are looking for answers."
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on May 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The committee was hearing testimony on 'United States Democracy Assistance.'
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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, a troubling word re-emerged in the American political lexicon: fascism. The left says the president mimics strongmen by attacking the media and targeting immigrants. The right claims liberals suppress dissenting views on everything from climate change to gender politics.

But is this really fascism? Few are in a better position to judge than former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Born in Czechoslovakia, she fled fascist regimes twice, first during the Nazi occupation of her home country in 1939 and then after a Communist coup a decade later. In her new book,, Albright says she sees a revival of creeping nationalism and authoritarianism at home and abroad.

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