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Madeleine Albright: Trump Is 'The Least Democratic President of Modern History'

The modern world provides a "petri dish" for fascism, the former secretary of state argues.
Source: Sait Serkan Gurbuz / AP

“I am an optimist who worries a lot,” Madeleine Albright said Monday night when asked about the future of democracy. It’s a quotable phrase, but the former secretary of state is serious—both about her belief in the power of democracy and the fact that today, there’s substantial reason to worry about it.

In a wide-ranging conversation with ’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg in Washington, Albright spoke about the 20th-century history of fascism that she details in her new book, Albright, whose family was driven out of Czechoslovakia twice (once

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