American democracy is under serious threat, Hillary Clinton said during a speech at Harvard University on Friday.

The failed presidential candidate of 2016 challenged the audience to "stand up and defend reason and facts" as visited the Cambridge, Mass., University to accept the school's Radcliffe Medal, which honors women who are "transformative Influence on society ".

"Since the 2016 election, it has not been easy for more than half of our country," said Clinton.

"At the moment we are experiencing a crisis in our democracy," she said. "There are certainly no tanks on the road, but what happens today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, and I do not say that as a Democrat who has lost an election, but as an American who is afraid to get involved Losing land. "

Clinton did not name President Trump by name, but it was clear who she was referring to when she said there were "leaders in our country who incite people with hateful rhetoric, fueling the fear of change that fuels the world see zero-sum terms. "

The former First Lady also cried:" Conduct a war on the rule of law and a free press, delegitimize elections, maintain corruption, reject the idea that our leaders should be public servants, undermine our national unity and truth and Attack Reason. "

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"The attempt to break the line between fact and Clearing fiction, truth and an alternative reality is a core feature of authoritarianism, "warned Clinton.

She called for something she called "radical empathy," encouraging people to "try to see the world through the eyes of people who are very different from us" and tried to return to rational debate.

When she was asked if she could now be CEO of a business in the world, Clinton quickly replied, "Facebook." She said it was her choice because "it's the biggest news agency in the world."

"Most people in our country get their messages from Facebook or not," she said. "It's really critical to our democracy that people get accurate information to make decisions."

She also accused Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting of "delivering essentially propaganda."

"I hope that the people who are currently in the government, who are not politically appointed, stay as long as possible and fight for facts and evidence and our values," Clinton said. "Because that's what will happen and we need a strong, well-prepared, well-positioned federal government to try to pick up the pieces."

"I'm optimistic that the tide will turn," she said.

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