Madeleine Albright’s Memorable Observations on Putin, Trump, Clinton and Herself

When the world learned of the death of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the age of 84 after Wednesday noon, some of her more notable remarks from the past were shared on cable news and online.

A former newspaper intern in Denver and editor of the Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica, she has provided memorable quotes over the years on subjects such as her surprise at learning of her Jewish heritage as an adult, the need for ambitious and successful women to support one another, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began just last month, and the political stance of former US President Donald Trump.

Asked in 2018 if Trump was a direct target of her book Fascism: A Warning, Albright said answered: “He is not a fascist. I think he’s the least democratic president in modern history.”

The following year she found that she was very careful about using the terms fascism and fascist explained that, in their opinion, the then-President did not qualify as “he is not violent.”

She admitted that her opinion could still be changed, for example, should a state of emergency be cynically declared on the southern border of the United States.

she endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to tease out loud in 2020 that Washington was is perceived as an unreliable ally under Trump.

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Statement (June 2020): If Trump uses the military to quell protests, he will likely rely on the same law used to support the civil rights movement

On January 6, 2021, she has tweeted that, given her own biography, she knew that democracy was not necessarily self-sustaining, and yet was unprepared for the events of that day. Still, “I believe in the resilience of democracy and eagerly await the arrival of a new national leadership.”

Of democracy in a broader sense, Albright, née Marie Jana Korbelová in Prague, less than two years before what was then Czechoslovakia fell to the Nazis, Albright made this allowance: “While democracy is the most stable form of government in the long term, it is among the most fragile in the short term.”

She came to the US with her family at the age of 11, studied at Wellesley and later as a young mother at Hofstra, Johns Hopkins and Columbia and held positions at the National Security Council, Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson Center and so on US Ambassador to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton. Albright was named Time’s Woman of the Year 1999two years after she became the first female US Secretary of State.

Albright endorses Hillary Clinton, Albright’s former fellow secretary of state and Wellesley alumnus, for the 2016 presidency meant that “there is a special place in hell for women who do not help each other”.

Albright, who was raised Catholic and became an Episcopalian at the time of her marriage to the newspaper heir Joseph Medill Patterson Albright, learned at 59 your family Jewish origin, and then only gradually, albeit publicly. As she finally summarized, “I’ll be 75 soon. I’m American, I was born in Czechoslovakia, I’m a small ‘d’ and a large ‘D’ Democrat, I was Catholic and Episcopalian and found I’m Jewish, I am.” Mother and grandmother, and like America, I am indivisible.”

She remained active in word and deed into her mid-80s, visiting refugee camps and other places and sharing her views through continuing writing.

Putin whose face she was widely quoted two decades ago it was considered “cold-eyed” and “almost reptilian”. wrote in a comment posted late last monthwho is guilty of an epic miscalculation in Ukraine, where Russian blood has been spilled and Russian resources exhausted in large quantities.

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Brian Lowry

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