“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.”
October 22, 2018 Donald Trump and AuthoritarianismThe Washington Post
“This is the way propaganda works. You put different enemies together that really have nothing to do with one another. He’s trying to create this image of a wave of people of color, or threats, who are coming to invade the border.”
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.”
August 15, 2018 Donald Trump and AuthoritarianismPodcast
“We’re in a partly Berlusconi moment where….the spectacle of politics has taken over. And again, the big themes of conflicts of interest, of hiring family, of kleptocracy….It’s a debasement of civic life, of the tone of politics, of everything.”
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.