Interview Archive: Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

Ashley Parker, “Trump and Republicans Settle on Fear and Falsehoods as Midterm Strategy,” Washington Post

“This is the way propaganda works. You put different enemies together that really have nothing to do with one another. He’s trying to create this image of a wave of people of color, or threats, who are coming to invade the border.”

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S.V. Date, “Trump Really Seems to Wish He Were an Actual Dictator,” Huffington Post

“Hate crimes are up. The press is being maligned. Propaganda works.”

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“Background Briefing with Ian Masters,” on Berlusconi-Putin and Trump-Putin.

“We’re in a partly Berlusconi moment where….the spectacle of politics has taken over. And again, the big themes of conflicts of interest, of hiring family, of kleptocracy….It’s a debasement of civic life, of the tone of politics, of everything.”

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Press Play with Madeleine Brand, KCRW, “Trump Meets with Putin”

“Putin is the only not only leader, but seemingly the only person in politics [Trump] has not criticized.”

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“Trump Meets with Putin,” “The National,” CBC News

Trump and Putin: What to expect from their meeting in Finland, The National

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Tadashi Sugiyama and Koji Sonoda, interview on Trump’s authoritarian tendencies for Asahi Shinbun

An interview on Trump’s authoritarian tendencies for Asahi Shinbun

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Matt Kwong, “Trump Muses About Pardoning Himself, Experts on Authoritarians are Horrified,” CBC News

“It’s meant to introduce into public discourse unthinkable ideas, and to start working on the public to make those ideas acceptable.”

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Adam Klasfeld, “U.S. Faces Call to Action on Lost Migrant Children,” Courthouse News Service

“Trump has been very admiring of how Duterte has handled his kind of drugs and criminals, and Duterte often boasts that he has pushed his enemies out of a helicopter, and he’d do it again”

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Louis Jacobson, “Madeleine Albright Compares Mussolini, Trump on Use of ‘Drain the Swamp’,” Politfact

“We can understand fascism’s social, agricultural, and racial policies through the concept of ‘reclamation’ — draining or cleansing something to regenerate or remake it”

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Rebecca Ruiz, “The Trump Administration is Hellbent on Erasing the Reality of People’s Lives,” Mashable.com

“Immediately authoritarians start attacking sectors of society, everything that depends on inquiry and evidence.”

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