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“If the leader does not explicitly renounce the violent rhetoric and actions of extremists, they will have done their damage even if he later purges them. The result is a new culture of violence in the country, which the other armed and security forces of society must adapt to.”

The Washington Post, August 16, 2017

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“It’s very alarming, because he’s escalating all of the things he’s been doing. And what unites all these maneuvers is his back is increasingly against the wall.”

Toronto Star, July 24, 2017

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat Analyzes Authoritarianism & Trump’s Predatory Masculinity

“He becomes a masculine hero… he becomes the heartland vs. the elite… Ruth Ben-Ghiat During this week’s show, Professor Ben-Ghiat and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump’s …

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“Trump doesn’t respect democratic procedure and finds it to be something that gets in his way,” Ben-Ghiat said. “The blaming of others is very typical of autocrats, because they have difficulty listening to a reality that doesn’t coincide with their version of it. It’s part of the authoritarian temperament to blame others when things aren’t working.”

The Washington Post, June 6, 2017

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“Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey…is so Worrisome,” Democracy Now!

“This is not, strictly speaking, a constitutional crisis in that it was perfectly legal for Trump to fire the FBI director. What’s at issue is the politicization of the judiciary and intelligence which he’s been doing all along and the method.”

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“This creates a political discourse that emphasizes negative elements, that paints a picture of a society in crisis that needs a strong leader to save it. So you have people like Trump asserting that nothing is working, everything is a mess, and only they can set things right and ‘Drain the swamp.’

Haaretz, March 31, 2017

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“Is Trump A Fascist?” Al-Jazeera

“You find yourself with a state that is transformed out of all recognition, but it’s still ‘democracy.'”

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Is Right-Wing Populism Here to Stay? How Does Trump Fit in? Upfront with Mehdi Hasan, Al-Jazeera

“I think we’re definitely living in a new era,” says Ben-Ghiat, author of Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema. “We’re also being fed a series of crisis narratives by the new right, which would like us to be in a new era where everything is decaying and they are the answer; they are the saviours.”

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“It took people by surprise – What Mussolini did, he came from the left, the revolutionary left. He was a socialist.”

Slate Podcast, January 20, 2017

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“There’s a template for authoritarian rule… So far, [Trump is] checking a lot of the boxes.”

CityLab, November 15, 2016

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“He’s selling his product, which is himself,” she said. It’s a cult of personality peddled as good business.”

The New Yorker, November 4, 2016

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