Madeleine Albright Says Trump’s Win Shows ‘Things Have Gone Backwards’

Madeleine Albright.

Former secretary of State Madeleine Albright believes that the United States has gone backwards, culturally, with the recent presidential election — and she’s “very sad” about it.

Albright opened up about her disappointment not only with the election’s results, but also with Donald Trump’s campaign, in a new interview with The Guardian. She said that in “some ways,” the campaign’s rhetoric signified a major step back for the country. Albright also expressed her sadness over the way women, in particular, have been treated:

“I am very sad about the way women have been treated during this campaign. That’s brought out some things that are very troubling. And I thought that we had moved beyond that.”

Albright spent the recent campaign season tirelessly campaigning for Hillary Clinton, who she says would have “been a remarkable president, better prepared than anybody, ever.” Albright told The Guardian she hopes that once Trump is “better informed, he will have a different view,” especially in terms of foreign policy and cultural progress.

She added that Americans who voted for Trump may soon end up second- guessing their decision. “I was in England shortly after Brexit [the vote for Britain to leave the European Union] and the people were very surprised at what they had done,” she said.

Madeleine Albright Is ‘Very Sad’ About the Election