Madeleine Albright Just Gave A Classy Response To Trump’s Charlottesville Controversy
Following Donald Trump’s bizarre press conference yesterday in which he again failed to condemn violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called the President’s comments a “new low.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Albright told host Andrea Mitchell, “I’ve been troubled generally, frankly, about the way that President Trump never talks about democracy, the kind of the values of our foreign policy have not been mentioned and now we have sunk to this new low in terms of giving a moral equivalency to hatred.”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 16, 2017
The former Secretary of State’s statement comes on the heels of Trump’s controversial remarks in which he said there “were very fine people on both sides” of the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, drawing equivalency between neo-Nazis and the activists who showed up to serve as counterprotestors.
“By the way,” she added, “if President Trump were to even think about taking my course, I can guarantee he would fail it, because he doesn’t understand how foreign policy is done.”
Albright served as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, and was confirmed by the Senate 99-0. She currently serves as a director on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
“What he’s doing — he is not normal,” she said. “And what has happened is his reaction to this is not normal. It’s not American. And I think that what he has done is obviously damaged himself but made people wonder about this moral equivalency, which I just find so stunning, given what we know about appeasing fascists and right-wingers is the way to disaster.”
Trump stoked tensions Tuesday when he blamed the “alt-left” for confronting white supremacist and Neo-Nazi protesters, some of which Trump called “very fine people.”
His abhorrent remarks, while having appeased white supremacists and neo-Nazis, have isolated nearly everyone else, including politicians both from sides of the aisle, current and past.