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Authoritarian expert and author of “Strongmen: Mussolini To The Present” Ruth Ben-Ghiat was on SiriusXM’s The Dean Obeidallah show this week, and said that Donald Trump is using a familiar playbook in attempting to make a martyr of rioter Ashli Babbitt, who was killed during the Capitol riot and breach. “Hitler was actually copying Mussolini when he was doing this,” said the author, comparing them with Trump. “But the reason you want to make martyrs is that it keeps the Cause with a capital C going–it keeps the rage of your supporters’ going.” Host Dean Obeidallah spoke with Ben-Ghiat in light of her op-ed at the Washington Post this week on the subject of “violent rhetoric among the GOP and its propagandists,” that she says will be integral to the right’s effort to “transform the country into an electoral autocracy.” “Authoritarians use propaganda and corruption to get their people to see violence differently,” Ben-Ghiat wrote in her editorial.

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