“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.”
January 10, 2018 Donald Trump and AuthoritarianismCNN
“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.”
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an internationally renowned historian, speaker, and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leaders, and propaganda. Author or editor of nine books and dozens of op-eds in CNN, The Washington Post, and more, she is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, and Advisor to Protect Democracy.