Interview Archive: Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Interview, August 5, 2019

“With a white nationalist in the White House stoking hatred and 400+ million guns in circulation, America is in uncharted terrain.”

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Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained – Vox

“Trump is turning American military might…,into a way to glorify himself and further an agenda which is seen as authoritarian.”

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Trump’s Fourth of July Takeover Was Inevitable – The Atlantic

“Trump has to colonize everything…Any holiday, any civic ritual, becomes a Trump ritual.”

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A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville – Huffington Post

“Trump has created a corps of supporters fanatically loyal to him who turn his latest racist messages into group rituals (chants, slogans) and who hate the people he tells them to.”

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RNC Giving Out Tickets To Trump’s Hijacked Fourth Of July Celebration – Huffington Post

“The military has been domesticated. I think the will to resist him has evaporated.”

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All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

“Trump is a marketing master…he’s very dangerous because he knows exactly how to communicate.”

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Ashley Parker, “Two more years? Trump’s retweet sets off a furor over the idea of bonus time.” – The Washington Post

“… authoritarians are continually testing the boundaries to see what they can get away with, and everything he does is a challenge to Democrats to mount some response against him,”

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The Mueller Report Has Been Released…What’s Next? – Cheddar

“Trump will become far more aggressive in the wake of the Mueller Report.”

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Chauncey DeVega, “Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Donald Trump ‘Looks like Mussolini’ but can be overcome,” Salon

“Now with Trump, he uses fascist tactics. One of them is the testing of the population, the media and the elites at the beginning. This is so key. There are many things Trump does that are fascistic without having to become a one-party state dictator.”

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David Nakamura, “Formal and casual White House photos show distance between Trump and increasingly diverse nation,” The Washington Post

“Only certain people are America to Trump…he’s very purposefully shaping the image of American government to fit the white nationalist policy he believes in.”

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