Archive: The Washington Post

Ashley Parker, “Two more years? Trump’s retweet sets off a furor over the idea of bonus time.” – The Washington Post

“… authoritarians are continually testing the boundaries to see what they can get away with, and everything he does is a challenge to Democrats to mount some response against him,”

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David Nakamura, “Formal and casual White House photos show distance between Trump and increasingly diverse nation,” The Washington Post

“Only certain people are America to Trump…he’s very purposefully shaping the image of American government to fit the white nationalist policy he believes in.”

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Ashley Parker, “Trump and Republicans Settle on Fear and Falsehoods as Midterm Strategy,” Washington Post

“This is the way propaganda works. You put different enemies together that really have nothing to do with one another. He’s trying to create this image of a wave of people of color, or threats, who are coming to invade the border.”

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Kellyanne Conway addressing the March for Life

How to push back against Trump’s propaganda machine

Earlier this week, President Trump gave an interview to two correspondents at the Hill. The interviewers served him softball questions and plenty of adulation. His claim that his attacks on the FBI could one …

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Ashley Parker, “’Totally Dishonest’: Trump Asserts only he can be Trusted Over Opponents and ‘Fake News’,” The Washington Post

“The widening circle of the parties that he’s accusing is predictable because I see Donald Trump as an authoritarian in the making or an authoritarian wannabe, and there’s always a transition process of this sort of leader asserting himself above all the authorities. Every authoritarian leader eventually asserts himself as the only arbiter of truth.”

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When Investigators Threatened His Power, He Declared Dictatorship

He threatened the press, joked about ruling for life and bullied everyone, including the allies who helped him get into office, while enjoying a cult following among his base. When …

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Ashley Parker, “Going it Alone: Trump Increasingly Relies on Unilateral Action to Wield Power,” Washington Post

“Trump has been saying for a long time things like, ‘I am the only one who matters. 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.”

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump

No, Trump is not a madman — because he knows exactly what he’s doing

Many have sought to diagnose President Trump’s mental health from afar, depicting him as delusional, narcissistic or a madman. Such an approach is understandable, since many of us struggle to make sense of his …

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Ishaan Tharoor, “Trump Takes Another Authoritarian Turn with Arpaio Pardon,” Washington Post

“In situations where democracies become right-wing regimes, the leader usually relies on paramilitary or other extremist forces to get into office or consolidate power once he’s there. He has to dance the line between expelling them and using them. Trump’s expulsion of [White House ultra-nationalists] Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, coming together with his open support of white nationalism and now his pardon of Joe Arpaio, shows this dynamic well.”

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Amanda Erickson, “What Authoritarianism Experts Think of Trump’s Decision to Pardon Joe Arpaio,” Washington Post

“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.”

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