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Louis Jacobson, “Madeleine Albright Compares Mussolini, Trump on Use of ‘Drain the Swamp’,” Politfact

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

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Rebecca Ruiz, “The Trump Administration is Hellbent on Erasing the Reality of People’s Lives,”

“Immediately authoritarians start attacking sectors of society, everything that depends on inquiry and evidence.”

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Justin Salhani, “When Bannon Visits His Far-Right Friends in Europe,” Arab Weekly

“The League is the most dangerous, anti-democratic force in Italy right now and naturally well placed to be riding the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim wave that’s buoying the right in Europe”

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“The Dean Obeideallah Show,” SiriusXM Progress

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

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Tara McKelvey, “Stephen Miller: How much influence does he have on Trump,” BBC News

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

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John Kruzel, “Donald Trump’s ‘fake news’ epithet emboldens despots around the world,” Politfact

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

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Alexander Nazaryan, “Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ Could Inspire Dictators Around the Globe,” Newsweek

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

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Jason Schwartz, “Study: Americans View Media Negatively, Can’t Agree on Meaning of ‘Fake News’,” Politico

“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.”

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Jack Smith IV, “This is fashwave, the suicidal retro-futurist art of the alt-right,” Mic

“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.”

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Gregory Krieg, “Is the Imperial Presidency at Risk Under Trump? Historians Say No,”

“These days it seems like many peoples are gravitating to governmental solutions that involve more executive power….In Europe the most desired form of populism is authoritarian populism. So Americans are in some ways part of a larger trend.”

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Justin Salhani, “There’s a Resurgence of Far Right Groups in Italy and They’re Sponsored by Putin,” ThinkProgress

“Axis 2.0 has been shaping up for some time in Europe, with Putin in the place of Hitler as funder and instigator and United States President Donald Trump helping him and the right achieve their aim of undoing liberal democracy.”

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