Clinton Warns of Rising 'Authoritarianism' At State Dept. Appearance
Hillary Clinton sang a somber tune as she joined three other secretaries of state at an opening of the U.S. Diplomacy Center, a museum space at the State Department Tuesday evening.
- Hillary Clinton made her third appearance in Washington since losing the presidential campaign to Donald Trump
- Clinton spoke for several minutes at the opening of the U.S. Diplomatic Center, new museum space on the State Department campus
- The former secretary of state was joined by others who held the job: Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and current Secretary of State John Kerry
- During her six-minute speech, Clinton warned of rising 'authoritarianism and illiberalism' threatening the world
- She suggested that people go have a look at the section of the Berlin Wall that will reside in the museum
Clinton told the crowd of diplomats, who greeted her with screams and claps, with a warning that 'democracy, freedom and rule of law are under attack around the world,' saying that 'authoritarianism and illiberalism' were threatening the foundations of the post-World War II era.
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Noting a particular exhibit in the 40,000-foot addition to the Foggy Bottom compound, she brought up the Cold War.
'We would do well to remember what it feels like to stand under the shadow of the giant segment of the Berlin Wall that will greet visitors here at the center,' Clinton prescribed.
She was joined by Secretary of State John Kerry, and former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.
Coming to the podium, Clinton noted that one of the four new exhibition halls - the one that greets visitors and has a glass ceiling and plenty of windows - bears her name.
'I'm sure you will notice it is the most transparent part of the entire project,' she joked, before striking a more serious tone in her six-minute speech.
Clinton was the secretary, according to the Washington Post, who revived the project when she was at the helm of the State Department, tasking Clinton donor and pal Amb. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley to raise funds for the public-private partnership.
Others halls will be named after former secretaries James A. Baker and Henry Kissinger, with Kerry getting one too.
The museum was originally the brainchild of Albright, who broke ground for it in 2000, as Bill Clinton's presidency was coming to an end.
The project stalled during the eight years that Republican President George W. Bush was in the White House.
Now just Clinton's hall and the Kissinger portion of the building, the latter of which contains a 14-foot section of the Berlin Wall, are completed.
Another $20 million will need to be raised to complete the Kerry and Baker sections of the museum.
During Clinton's tenure at the State Department an estimated $50 million, reported the Post, was raised for the endeavor.
The Democratic nominee has kept a low profile since her surprise loss to Trump in last year's presidential election.
This State Department appearance was the third time she's spoken publicly in Washington, D.C.
A makeup-free Clinton addressed the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds gala on November 16, telling the audience that it was difficult for her to come a week after her defeat.
'I will admit, coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me,' Clinton said. 'There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again.'
But Clinton did leave the house, as she was spotted several times walking around the woods near her home in Chappaqua, New York, and also in the local grocery store.
Clinton's photos with supporters became such an online sensation that Saturday Night Live parodied them with a skit entitled 'The Hunt for Hill,' with Kate McKinnon playing the elusive former secretary of state, who's being pursued in the woods like Bigfoot.
Returning to D.C. in early December, Clinton joked about her reputation as a forlorn former candidate roaming the forests of New York.
'This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to be giving after the election,' she said at a dedication ceremony for a portrait of outgoing Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid.
'But after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out,' she said.Secretary of State, Clinton, Warning, Freedom, Democracy, Kerry, Diplomats, Powel, Albright