November 18, 2018 Donald Trump and AuthoritarianismInterviewsThe Guardian
“The authoritarian wants us to lose our faith in our ears and our eyes, what we read and what we observe, so that we can be more dependent on him. ‘Reality is what I say it is.’ So it’s very, very dangerous that he is doing this with regard to the biggest index of democracy, which is free and fair elections.”
November 12, 2018 Donald Trump and AuthoritarianismBusiness InsiderInterviews
“There is no doubt that Trump has authoritarian inclinations. His labelling of the press as the ‘enemy of the people,’ use of threat, … need for loyalty, humiliation of all those around him, and admiration of leaders who have stifled democracy, are merely some of the qualities that he has in common with authoritarians past and present.”
“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.”
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.