Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University who has written about Trump’s authoritarian streak, says that while every presidential administration uses the government to reflect its worldview and political priorities, this one has a different kind of leader.
Trump, she says, has created a “culture of threat” through his behavior and language — and he’s given Republicans “carte blanche” to carry out measures they’ve been yearning to implement for a decade. Meanwhile, Trump’s rise and leadership style are centered around the “triumph of the white male.” Now is the time for his supporters — including sympathetic bureaucrats — to strike back against liberal policies and reaffirm white men as the country’s rightful stewards. Trump, and his affection for authoritarianism, have created a uniquely dangerous moment in American history.
“Immediately authoritarians start attacking sectors of society, everything that depends on inquiry and evidence,” says Ben-Ghiat. “When you have somebody like that, one of the main things that happens over time is the bureaucracy becomes ideological.”Rebecca Ruiz, “The Trump Administration is Hellbent on Erasing the Reality of People’s Lives,” Mashable.com
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