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“How do Trump’s behaviors continue authoritarian traditions?”

Slate Trumpcast, December 21, 2019

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“Authoritarian governance is all about avoiding accountability and removing anyone who thinks differently.”

Business Insider, May 19, 2020

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“Even more than censoring, which is old-school, rulers like Trump — and Putin is the master at this — manipulate opinion by manipulating information.”

The Washington Post, February 15, 2020

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“All authoritarians rule by ‘divide and rule’; they like to pit everyone against each other so they can be supreme.”

The Conversation with Cenk Uygur, April 13, 2020

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“A leader like Trump sees any questioning as a challenge, as a threat to his power.”

The Washington Post, April 8, 2020

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“Authoritarians like Trump don’t care about human life. They only care about power.”

Huffington Post, March 25, 2020

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“How Trump’s Authoritarian Coronavirus Response Puts America at Risk – Especially His Own Supporters.”

GQ, March 6, 2020

“Trump, like other authoritarians, is not into transparency or accountability. What matters to him most of all is loyalty and ratings.”

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“Trump is leading a personality cult, which in keeping with how authoritarian regimes have historically taken power, is consuming the American government.”

The Chauncey DeVega Show Podcast, January 9, 2020

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“The idea of shooting migrants comes up in his rallies… Trump laughed it off.”

ABC News, January 9, 2020

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“This is how a cult of personality works. The leader will say something that everyone knows is wrong, and no one will correct him.”

The NY Times, December 20, 2019

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A Historical Lens on Trump’s Authoritarianism

December 21, 2019

Virginia Heffernan interviews Ruth about seeing Donald Trump through an authoritarian lens, a deeper look at mafia culture, and how Trumpism will one day fall.

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