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Last Night on Late Night

Bill Clinton warns of 'dictators club': 'They want to abolish the line between fact and fiction'

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As Hillary Clinton joined Seth Meyers on Late Night, Bill Clinton appeared on Conan, warning of the dangers of dictators, while also suggesting a simple way to bridge the divide between people on opposing political and ideological sides.

“The dictators club in the world – and there’s a bunch of them – they want two things,” the former president told Conan O’Brien on Wednesday. “They want nuclear weapons because they feel like they can never be dislodged no matter how much people hate them if they’ve got nuclear power. And they want to abolish the line between fact and fiction, and truth and lie. Because they figure if you don’t know what’s true, and you don’t think you can ever know, that pretty soon everybody will accept the fact that democracy is no longer possible.”

The host interrupted, asking, “Are you talking about foreign countries or here?” When Clinton didn’t quickly answer, O’Brien laughingly replied, “You just said a lot by saying nothing.”

After referencing “the effort here to disenfranchise voters” and the attempted immigration reform, Clinton concluded with a more positive message. “We need to just go out and start going up to people who are mad at us and say, ‘Let’s get over it. We’ve got to live together, we’ve got to share this together,'” he shared. “And if we work together, we’ll have better economics, we’ll have better societies, and we’ll have a culture that we can all be a part of.”

Conan airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

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