- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2019

Hillary Clinton said American democracy is in “full-fledged crisis” following her speech Sunday in Selma, Alabama.

“We’re living through a full-fledged crisis in our democracy,” the former secretary of state and twice-failed presidential candidate tweeted Monday morning. “But history teaches us that when the struggle feels the hardest is when marching forward is most important.”

Mrs. Clinton on Sunday accepted the International Unity Award at the Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast marking the 54th anniversary of the infamous “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. Without naming President Trump or the current administration, Mrs. Clinton said in her speech that “fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the press, the rule of law, truth, facts and reason are under assault.”

“To anyone who has ever wondered what you would have done during those defining moments that we read about in history books,” she said, CNN reported. “Whether you would have risked arrest to demand votes for women or bled on the Edmund Pettus bridge to demand voting rights for all — the answer is what you are doing now could be as important as anything that anyone has done before.

“When racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and the White House, when hard-fought-for civil rights are being stripped back, when the single most important fight of our time, which makes it possible to fight every other fight and must be, as Frederick Douglass would say, our North Star — the fight to protect our vote — is not gathering the momentum and the energy and the passion it deserves, we have a lot of work to do, don’t we?” she said.

At the same event, Mrs. Clinton was inducted into the National Voting Rights Museum Women’s Hall of Fame.

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernard Sanders and Cory Booker were also in attendance.

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