Former President Bill Clinton says people who "make up stuff on the Internet" should "knock it off."
He shared his frustration in an interview Wednesday on Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show "Conan." Clinton said that was an example of a change that has been bad for the nation since he left office.
"We're in the middle of this transition of how we get our information and how we communicate," he said. "We need to tell all these people who just make up stuff on the Internet to knock it off. We're voting for people who are going to do jobs. And as soon as somebody gets one of these jobs you find out pretty quick that the decisions they make have consequences that affects people's lives."
He also said "the Dictators Club in the world — and there's a bunch of them — they want two things. 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."
O'Brien asked: "Are you talking about foreign countries or here? That chilled me to the bone for a second."
Clinton did not answer right away.
"You just said a lot by saying nothing," O'Brien said.
"Look at the effort here to disenfranchise voters — to make it harder for young people, people of color, the elderly and infirm who are poor and vulnerable," Clinton finally said.
He did note one positive change, though.
"The country is much more diverse than it used to be — and I think that's a good thing," Clinton said. "We need immigrants to come in and keep diversifying the country.
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