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“Many of the signs and symbols of Fascism are back.”

PBS, January 19, 2019

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“The history of fascism is a history of dictatorship, of leader-worship… This book is part of this phenomenon that’s resurrecting the cult of the leader.”

The New York Times, December 8, 2018

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“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.”

Business Insider, November 12, 2018

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“These rulers, when they’re still on their way up, they weaponize their bodies and their words. Authoritarians always tell you what they’re going to do.”

The Intercept, October 31, 2018

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“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 29, 2018

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“If you know the authoritarian playbook you are able to find almost nothing [Trump] does surprising.”

Background Briefing podcast with Ian Masters, October 25, 2018

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“Trump and Republicans Settle on Fear and Falsehoods as Midterm Strategy”

The Washington Post, October 22, 2018

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“Hate crimes are up. The press is being maligned. Propaganda works.”

Huffington Post, September 4, 2018

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“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.”

The Washington Post, August 30, 2018

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History Hit with Dan Snow – Mussolini and his inheritors

August 28, 2018

“He [Mussolini] was the first person to turn a democracy into a dictatorship.”

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“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.”

Background Briefing with Ian Masters podcast, August 15, 2018

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