Interview Archive: Donald Trump and Authoritarianism

“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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Amanda Erickson, “What Authoritarianism Experts Think of Trump’s Decision to Pardon Joe Arpaio,” Washington Post

“If the leader does not explicitly renounce the violent rhetoric and actions of extremists, they will have done their damage even if he later purges them. The result is a new culture of violence in the country, which the other armed and security forces of society must adapt to.”

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Daniel Dale, “Trump’s attacks on Sessions, Mueller raise concerns about ‘authoritarian’ tactics,” Toronto Star

“It’s very alarming, because he’s escalating all of the things he’s been doing. And what unites all these manoeuvres is his back is increasingly against the wall.”

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat Analyzes Authoritarianism & Trump’s Predatory Masculinity

“He becomes a masculine hero… he becomes the heartland vs. the elite… Ruth Ben-Ghiat During this week’s show, Professor Ben-Ghiat and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump’s …

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Greg Sargent, “Trump is now raging at Jeff Sessions. This hints at a deeply unsettling pattern,” Washington Post

Trump doesn’t respect democratic procedure and finds it to be something that gets in his way….It’s part of the authoritarian temperament to blame others when things aren’t working.”

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“Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey…is so Worrisome,” Democracy Now!

“This is not, strictly speaking, a constitutional crisis in that it was perfectly legal for Trump to fire the FBI director. What’s at issue is the politicization of the judiciary and intelligence which he’s been doing all along and the method.”

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