President Bill Clinton Discusses Fragility of American Democracy With Cornell Professors

Addressing the Cornell community Thursday, former President Bill Clinton voiced the problems he sees within United States democracy and how Cornell students can strengthen these institutions and norms for the future. In the inaugural event in the Milstein State of Democracy Address series, Clinton argued that while the United States has always been divided, Americans must find a way to work together again. Clinton said he believes that democratic norms have long been damaged, and former President Donald Trump only exacerbated them. Still, Clinton remains hopeful and optimistic about the future — because of students like those who tuned in to watch his Zoom webinar. “[Democrats] are younger on average than our competitors, we are more diverse, we have the university network,” Clinton said.