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Hillary Clinton: Authoritarianism Is On The Rise

| by Lauren Briggs

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used a Jan. 10 appearance at a soon-to-be State Department museum to issue a warning against incoming "authoritarianism."

"We should remember that the world looks to America as the indispensable nation not just because of the size of our military or the strength of our economy," Clinton said at the U.S. Democracy Center Pavilion completion celebration, which she attended alongside Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, according to the New York Daily News.

The former first lady went on to warn the audience of a "rising tide of authoritarianism," which she said the U.S. must fight by remaining true to its "universal values."

"We would do well to remember what it feels like to stand in the shadow of the giant segment of the Berlin Wall that will greet visitors here at the center," said Clinton. "It's signed by leaders who helped end the Cold War, unified Germany, and expand democracy."

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Clinton, who has not stepped out in public since losing the presidential election in November of 2016, made the comment in reference to a 14-foot piece of the infamous wall that will be the cornerstone of the museum, which is expected to open in 2018.

"I'm excited about the historic artifacts and the cutting-edge exhibits that will be here to teach and inspire future generations about the work of our country’s diplomats," she said of the 40,000-square-foot museum, which has exhibition halls named after her and three other Secretaries of State: John Kerry, Henry Kissinger and James Baker, notes Politico. "Students and visitors alike will be able to simulate high-stakes diplomatic negotiation, learn more about resolving disputes in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world."

Clinton never mentioned President-elect Donald Trump by name in her speech, though she did say that "democracy, freedom and the rule of law are under attack."

"Diplomacy is one of the greatest forces for peace, prosperity and progress the world has ever known," she added. "And today, the lessons of this museum are more vital and urgent than ever," she added.

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Sources: New York Daily News, Politico / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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