Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of State under former President Clinton, said that President Trump has “undemocratic instincts” that she finds troubling.
“I’m not calling him a fascist,” Albright — who recently wrote a book about fascism — told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. “I’m saying that he is a president that has undemocratic instincts that trouble me a lot.”
Albright said the president’s instincts, such as thinking he is above the law, calling the press the enemy of the people and actively “exacerbating the differences that exist in our society,” make her concerned.
Albright characterized Trump as “someone who plays the crowds in a way that I find dangerous in terms of propaganda.”
She said that the president has created a situation where he identifies with one group of people without recognizing the individual rights of other people.
The former secretary of State has said in the past that Trump acts as if he is above the law and expressed worry about Trump’s “lack of respect for democratic institutions.”
Albright has been a vocal critic of the president and recently criticized him in a The New York Times op-ed for backing away from its leadership role on the global stage.
Albright released her book “Fascism: A Warning” on Tuesday last week.