Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down for an interview with CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday where she shockingly stated that "nationalism is not a bad thing."
Rice added that it's "not bad to be … patriotic toward your country."
Rice was asked the following question during her segment on the show:
"President Trump represents a very different kind of foreign policy for the Republican Party. It's more isolationist than Republicans like yourself have been in the past. Do you think that's more reflective of where the party is now?"
"I don't know where the party is, but I certainly believe that President Trump is speaking to something that's in the country," Rice said. "If you think back to the interview that President Barack Obama did with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic just before he left office, there are really a lot of echoes of what you hear with President Trump. He talked about allies being kind of free riders."
She also stated, "I hope it's a bit of a wake-up call. When we see the rise of what we've called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, populism that says don't believe in those institutions. Those institutions-- you go around them directly to the people. Well, there are some dangers in that. When you see the rise of what I'll call nativism. I think saying it's nationalism-- for Americans, nationalism is not a bad thing," Rice said.
"It's not bad to be proud of-- patriotic toward your country. Nativism though pits you against them. When you see isolationism, when you see protectionism growing, the whole idea that the international economy is better if people trade-- countries trade freely, when you see that under attack, I do think we're drifting toward a systemic crisis," she said.
Rice, who served in the Bush administration, also says that American's need to stop using the term "racist."
"I think it's time to stop labeling each other and using explosive terms like she is a racist; he is a racist. That stops the conversation, right? When you say that, that's meant to stop the conversation, and we need to have a conversation. We also need to, and I say this very often to my students, you know, identity is a wonderful and marvelous thing," she said.
"I am tremendously proud of my ancestors who survived the horrors of slavery, came out of it, and by the time of my grandfather were being college-educated. I'm tremendously proud of that legacy, but I also know that identity has to be something that you don't use against others," the former secretary added.