Ishaan Tharoor, “Trump Takes Another Authoritarian Turn with Arpaio Pardon,” Washington Post

“In situations where democracies become right-wing regimes, the leader usually relies on paramilitary or other extremist forces to get into office or consolidate power once he’s there,” said Ben-Ghiat. “He has to dance the line between expelling them and using them. Trump’s expulsion of [White House ultra-nationalists] Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, coming together with his open support of white nationalism and now his pardon of Joe Arpaio, shows this dynamic well.”

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