“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.”
“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.”
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to The Present, will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2021. She is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, and Advisor to Protect Democracy.