“The problem is that Trump has made it clear since the campaign that the public he is speaking to, the public he wants to impress, that he cares about, is a public that is not interested in human rights, in democracy and in loving one’s neighbor.”
August 30, 2018 Hate Speech and PropagandaFeaturedThe Washington Post
“The widening circle of the parties that he’s accusing is predictable because I see Donald Trump as an authoritarian in the making or an authoritarian wannabe, and there’s always a transition process of this sort of leader asserting himself above all the authorities. Every authoritarian leader eventually asserts himself as the only arbiter of truth.”
June 11, 2018 Hate Speech and PropagandaThe Washington Post
“Trump has been saying for a long time things like, ‘I am the only one who matters. The idea that his instincts are what guide him and he doesn’t need any experts is part of this … That’s all typical of the authoritarian way of doing things.”
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an internationally renowned historian, speaker, and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. Author or editor of nine books and dozens of op-eds in CNN, The Washington Post, and more, she is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, and Advisor to Protect Democracy.