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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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