Madeleine Albright Isn’t Happy With Cuccinelli’s Rewrite Of Lazarus Poem

ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - MAY 31: Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets the press at the end of her conference on "Challenges to Open Democracies" on May 31, 2017 in Estoril, Portugal. The Estori... ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - MAY 31: Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets the press at the end of her conference on "Challenges to Open Democracies" on May 31, 2017 in Estoril, Portugal. The Estoril Conferences are a global meeting that takes place every other year under the subject "Global Challenges, Local Answers". The event, under the high patronage of the President of Portugal, deals with globalization and political, economic, social and cultural changes occurring nowadays that promote and accelerate new international players, schisms, inter-connections and interdependences among peoples, countries and regions. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) MORE LESS

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright didn’t hold back Wednesday in response to Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli’s anti-immigrant rewrite of Emma Lazarus’ famous poem etched onto the Statue of Liberty.

Albright characterized Cuccinelli’s take on the poem as “completely un-American” during a CNN appearance Wednesday evening.

“I’ve been a refugee twice, once from the Nazis and we were in England, and then we came to the United States when the communists took over in Czechoslovakia,” Albright said. “And I think that it is one of the most un-American things I’ve ever heard.”

CNN noted that Albright, who is known for wearing decorative pins to convey her foreign policy stance, wore a Statue of Liberty pin on her jacket during her Thursday segment.

“I think the Statue of Liberty is weeping,” Albright said, before stating how she will “always remember” seeing the Statue of Liberty when she sailed by it coming to the United States.

Albright also argued that immigration policy during various periods in American history was “generous” and that the U.S. has benefited from the diversity that has resulted from immigration.

“We are forgetting that great history of our country,” Albright said.

Watch Albright’s response to Cuccinelli below:

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