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Video: Former Sec. State Rex Tillerson Addresses 2018 VMI Graduates on Democracy, Ethics, Truth, and Implicitly Trump

"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom"

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See below for video of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressing the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) graduating class of 2018 yesterday, and pointedly warning about the threats to democracy posed by…well, you decide who (ahem, Trump) and what (ahem, the right-wing noise machine, Fox “News,” etc.) he’s referring to when he says the following.

“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom…When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth, even on what may seem the most trivial of matters, we go wobbly on America…If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society, and among our leaders in both public and private sector — and regrettably at times even the nonprofit sector — then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.”