Hillary Clinton likens Donald Trump's 'war on truth' to George Orwell's 1984

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Hillary Clinton has likened Donald Trump’s “war on truth” to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 in her new memoir.

Mrs Clinton, who many expected would win last year’s US Presidential election, has released her account and interpretation of the historic election in What Happened, which is published on Tuesday.

Writing about President Trump’s heavy reliance on “alternative facts”, the former Democratic candidate said: “Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism.

“This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. 

Concession speech: Hillary Clinton speaking for first time since November’s shock election loss. (AFP/Getty Images)

“This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.”

She adds: “For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance.

“If he stood up tomorrow and declared that the Earth is flat, his counsellor Kellyanne Conway might just go on Fox News and defend it as an ‘alternative fact,’ and too many people would believe it.”

Mrs Clinton, 69, compared her own “traditional presidential campaign” with businessman Mr Trump who “was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentless stoked Americans’ anger and resentment”.

She adds: “I was giving speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter.”

According to the Guardian, which has summarised the new 469-page book, Mrs Clinton repeatedly criticises her conqueror as “a clear and present danger to the country and the world”.

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