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Authoritarians, fascism, propaganda. History&Italian NYU, Advisor, @protctdemocracy. Commentary: CNN, Wash Post. Next book: Strongmen (Norton)

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She’s also troubled https://t.co/AVWlPthUbzWatching the press briefing is truly frightening. Journalists simply allow Trump to use them for propaganda purpose… https://t.co/9JOMhcAXO3
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatOr weak. Every strongman lives in fear of looking less than virile and older leaders like Trump also fear looking f… https://t.co/vmyCHPhsXzAlso, mail-in voting takes away the element of threat by armed supporters of Trump. Paramilitary-style intimidation… https://t.co/yuBM0CfDB1Not mysterious if you look at the history of Trump inserting Ivanka into world leader group shots. Optics is key.… https://t.co/l32Zh5tER3Congress & the media should monitor the prices of ventilators and all PPE to see who is profiting from the Trump ad… https://t.co/kFxOpph6JS
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatExactly. Listen to their language carefully- they are telling you all you need to know. For corrupt authoritarians,… https://t.co/MYETHGnNh3
4/4
2020
@joshtpm @chrislhayes Ha- that is the subject matter of my Strongmen book! Now in final edits.From 2019: relevant for behavior of Trump’s lackeys and followers even when the stakes are life and death. https://t.co/Gu10n8vzuL @IjeomaOluo This is keeping me going
4/3
2020
America is, officially, operating like an authoritarian state. Truth-tellers are treated like crooks, and crooks &… https://t.co/a8NjDhNwbTAll the better to hide the “multitasking” they are likely engaging in: doing private deals to enrich themselves. Ku… https://t.co/hfdHTtqHknExcellent piece on the art of manipulating crisis https://t.co/5DiQ74EiPz @nycsouthpaw As animated and human as the speaker is wooden and dullBudget priorities of a banana republic. Just say no, @SecretService https://t.co/tVJrxbylje
4/2
2020
President of some Americans, mortal enemy of others. https://t.co/PL9IvKLn51 @BrankoMilan Ok tell that to the legions of people and businesses he has ruined already.Great essay by @FridaGhitis on Trump’s effective misinformation strategies about #COVID19. https://t.co/4LguUBELJhPlus the EU has appeased and funded Orbán all the way to his new dictatorship so no legitimacy there https://t.co/Fre2ultTVFOh look the pivot delusion is back! A new Trump, a rational Trump, is just around the corner. *He is a con man and… https://t.co/GNBDf1tEvk @farhip Welcome to authoritarian state “statistics.”
4/1
2020
@kdlang @danjlevy @SchittsCreek @foodbankscanada @FeedingAmerica Yes thank you! 💕p.s. your show is getting me throu… https://t.co/4nRZZ533YB @juliaioffe NoLet's make this simple: Zoom is malware. https://t.co/xkJDaP4OoK
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @jaketapper @jackshafer 3:39Very revealing thread. Just a few of the words I needed: hypoxia = shortage of oxygen syncope = loss of conscio… https://t.co/6B7EWakbd3
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatThe hoarding & profiteering of PPE that is meant for our workers is akin to manslaughter. I guess I have some ange… https://t.co/9uhri4RFv7
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3/31
2020
@michaeldweiss NoooOk. Progress. Now do the same with the American President. https://t.co/SBfiMiRvW1 @emilyctamkin Anything they need to put away enemies @EU_Commission @EUCouncil @vonderleyen you have enabled and funded this thug long enough. Time to eject him. https://t.co/vDCA3A5ZZuThank you @DeanObeidallah for writing about this! https://t.co/mTuNCj0CZCGarbage and gambling down and fewer restaurants to extort https://t.co/3aAisfOP2QNote that this is not Fox acquiring a conscience but worrying about liability. https://t.co/jmgkrSJADL @Arthur92980684 Uh the State Dept if you read the message
3/30
2020
The team of 70 health care workers from around the US will be led by Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who’s previously treated… https://t.co/KqDCvbHr9KAuthoritarians have a proprietary view of state power - which is why they all use public office for private enrichm… https://t.co/VSuJ1Xkahl @JulieKlam 💕Screenshot, save, store this tweet. You will rarely find a better example of narcissism. Only being adulated by oth… https://t.co/wGtF6IfIV1Brings tears to my eyes https://t.co/IPbVLK0e1WThe thing is, there really is a sort of uniquely American way of death, rooted in extreme inequality, a weak social… https://t.co/5h2pJuym9p
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @mehdirhasan Please share: 17.8 tons of masks, ventilators, etc given away in Feb: https://t.co/4SuK0gTXxkAh! So now is China sending back some of the supplies Trump gave him? The American people are not pawns in propagan… https://t.co/ZTPJEX89cNThis should be a front page story including @FoxNews : In Feb Trump donated over 17 TONS of masks and protective su… https://t.co/YZQhDsnWJNA thoughtful piece https://t.co/ehlwvhzg85 @Sulliview Had similar list fo footnote-fixing and fact-checking
3/29
2020
@mbaram Thank you!Just read an article entitled “The internalization of the Cult of the Duce, 1925-1926,” by the late great historian… https://t.co/TCLcvZ84irIt’s worth noting that the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in Manhattan is offering free rooms to medical workers, but… https://t.co/m6gu4bXFTu
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @IjeomaOluo Gorgeous!Authoritarians are captives of their raging egos and when they feel neglected they lash out in rage https://t.co/M5NyZSvQ6KAuthoritarian plunder alert. https://t.co/4n4ygekIx5Here is my frank conversation with @letsgomathias for @HuffPost on why authoritarians like Trump are at their worst… https://t.co/OowHcNAkos @Sifill_LDF They will continue to get worse due to the nature of the authoritarian personality- no other path possible.Thread about the experience of coronavirus- constant vigilance is required, including once the first phase of fever… https://t.co/ehv3uf4olg @carney Giorgio Agamben, State of ExceptionDesigned to fail- that’s the Trump way. Trump Coronavirus will be like Trump University- a big fraud. https://t.co/xeDK2dYd9t @IdeaGov Thank you!
3/28
2020
JUST IN: 51 Italian doctors who tested positive for #coronavirus have died - Italian Association of Doctors
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatLeader cult alert https://t.co/ZW67KaaB7zI'm muslim, afroitalian, roman....and in all my life I've never seen this square empty. Never. This picture and th… https://t.co/jv8mIodtXA
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @juliettekayyem Thank you for all you are doing.
3/27
2020
@ericgeller @rachel It’s sadisticNEW: The Trump campaign is demanding TV stations nix a brutal new ad using his own words against him. But… https://t.co/lNG9ESSXo3
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiatcc: @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/W8e5bA5hObCoronavirus: Los Angeles to shelter in place for months, mayor tells us - Business Insider https://t.co/eIJ8sVUZTI
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @BrentNYT Lighting is key and curate your background, some ppl leave things showing in screen that should be privat… https://t.co/TbOlib179eJust heard from good college friend of mine — early 30s & healthy — that he had respiratory failure & double pneumo… https://t.co/r8sFX3oY2A
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3/26
2020
In Italy the first test for #COVID19 appears with results ready in one hour: https://t.co/AGv3vpovyp @AshleyRParker @alisoneroman That is worth any price!Thank you @NBCNews and @CNN https://t.co/bREWlJt3p1One-year teaching position in Civic Media at @mit_cmsw, one of my academic homes at @MIT. They're looking for a one… https://t.co/9wVDBNP6nT
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @AFPphoto hello I am trying to reach someone in your offices to purchase a license for a photo, but no one responds… https://t.co/43XO8pYOIX @AOC 💯Some good news! I was proud to be part of this lawsuit’s amicus brief as an expert on authoritarians’ assaults on t… https://t.co/oAwEXROIsA @marclacey I am sorry for your loss. How awful.
3/25
2020
@page88 Children should stay in one place @JasminMuj @CrisLeeMaza My Serbian stepmother just gave me Slivovitz for any ailment.An amoral authoritarian *does not care* about human lives - I cannot emphasize this enough. Only profit and loyalty… https://t.co/GNuniXlJUD @cwarzel because he is a destructive personality who like all authoritarians would rather cause mass death than ack… https://t.co/j7OT1licalRead this from @ruthbenghiat. This incompetence and chaos was by design. This is what this administration said it… https://t.co/4iBXXAW2zI
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatThis is true, part of the kleptocrat mentality. https://t.co/FeiNReLJx9NEW: What happened before @realdonaldtrump called for re-evaluating lockdowns? His company had to close 6 of its to… https://t.co/JfakVzFDUY
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3/24
2020
@ArthurJonesJr13 Thanks!Also, keep a schedule in terms of exercise, emails, phone calls. And if living alone know when it is time for a fac… https://t.co/PhhisYXBN2This is a crisis, and when you have a crisis, it exposes the weaknesses and cracks in our systems. We have a lot of… https://t.co/xl9KVMtdTp
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3/23
2020
"The lies might have led to a false perception of safety, putting followers of far-right leaders in danger of getti… https://t.co/oz91aIj1MW
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-GhiatInstead Mnuchin is giving to corporations and potentially to Trump businesses and cronies. https://t.co/weXVWzGYIe https://t.co/evUmpTVjtmThis is not life as usual. There is a density level in NYC that is destructive. It has to stop and it has to stop… https://t.co/5VISVrOB1b
Retweeted by Ruth Ben-Ghiat @fred_guttenberg here is a @CNN piece I wrote right after the insuguration about what Bannon and Trump would do to… https://t.co/iuVAJM2wrZ“I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down,” (Donald Trump, January 20… https://t.co/mi4z6wlTVF @WajahatAli @mehdirhasan @RonaldKlain Ditto. A lost skill. @AdamParkhomenko You are amazing Adam! @jdakwar Well there will be no mass demonstrarions due to #COVID19 so how will they define civil disobedience: criticizing the Leader? @nielslesniewski @ChrisMurphyCT do we know why he won’t? I have my own terrifying supposition taken from authoritar… https://t.co/uhvIHT8fed @McFaul @SecPompeo But don’t reward his racist “Wuhan Virus” stuff, nor the fact that equal disinformation comes from the WHGreat piece by @brooklynmutt and alas all too possible. https://t.co/triGsyQKDg
3/22
2020

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