Interview Archive: Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

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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“The Dean Obeideallah Show,” SiriusXM Progress

“He [Trump] will not denounce people connected to his base.”

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Gregory Krieg, “Is the Imperial Presidency at Risk Under Trump? Historians Say No,” CNN.com

“These days it seems like many peoples are gravitating to governmental solutions that involve more executive power….In Europe the most desired form of populism is authoritarian populism. So Americans are in some ways part of a larger trend.”

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Astead W. Herndon, “Republicans Are Changing their Views to Accommodate Trump, Polls Show,” Boston Globe

“It’s about loyalty….It’s an allegiance based on loyalty to a person — not a party and not to a set of principles.”

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Stephen Collinson, “Trump’s Authoritarian Streak,” CNN.com

“Most authoritarians in history are extremely brittle, they don’t take well to criticism so they surround themselves with family and flatterers”

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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. 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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