Interviews

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  • Authoritarianism
  • Donald Trump
  • Fascism
  • Hate Speech and Propaganda

Press Play with Madeleine Brand, KCRW, “Trump Meets with Putin”

“Putin is the only not only leader, but seemingly the only person in politics [Trump] has not criticized.”

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“Trump has been saying for a long time things like, ‘I am the only one who matters,’” Ben-Ghiat said. “The idea that his instincts are what guide him and he doesn’t need any experts is part of this … That’s all typical of the authoritarian way of doing things.”

The Washington Post, June 11, 2018

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“It’s meant to introduce into public discourse unthinkable ideas, and to start working on the public to make those ideas acceptable.”

CBC News, August 5, 2018

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“Trump has been very admiring of how Duterte has handled his kind of drugs and criminals, and Duterte often boasts that he has pushed his enemies out of a helicopter, and he’d do it again”

Quote from “U.S. Faces Call to Action on Lost Migrant Children,” article by Adam Klasfeld in Courthouse News Service. May 25, 2018 Read the full …

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“We can understand fascism’s social, agricultural, and racial policies through the concept of ‘reclamation’ — draining or cleansing something to regenerate or remake it”

PolitiFact, May 9, 2018

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“The Dean Obeideallah Show,” SiriusXM Progress

“He [Trump] will not denounce people connected to his base.”

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“(Stephen) Miller enhances the president’s self-image – “leader glorification”, says Ben-Ghiat, underscoring a core message – “He’s your saviour.”

BBC News, January 23, 2018

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“Every authoritarian needs to spread his own version of reality, and will invest time and resources to discredit anyone else’s.”

PolitiFact, January 22, 2018

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“If you can take down American democracy—it clearly encourages them to act worse.”

Newsweek, January 17, 2018

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“Republicans now see partisan beliefs as ‘fake,’ and they have also bought into Trump’s cult of personality credo that anything or anyone critiquing him is not real.”

Politico, January 16, 2018

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“The stability and monumentalism of these male heads and male torsos is comforting to young men as a model of a great man. A warrior — the beautiful, perfect male who is ‘European.’ The joke is that the purity never existed in these cultures, so it’s quite a fantasy, but it’s a compelling fantasy.”

Mic.com, January 12, 2018

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