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Politics Monday: Trump's Ascent - And Exit - Coincide With Rising Authoritarianism

Donald Trump Fist Air Force One
The White House

America is in the final weeks of a presidential administration that repeatedly raised alarms of authoritarianism.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a former UNC Charlotte professor and longtime researcher of authoritarian regimes, labelled Donald Trump an authoritarian back in January 2017, just days before he was going to take office.

The ensuing years seem to have proven her right, she says.

Her new book, “Strongmen,” looks at the rogues’ gallery of world leaders, past and present, who’ve been at the helm of authoritarian regimes.


Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal, managing editor (@CBJspanberg)


Ruth Ben-Ghiat, New York University, professor of history and Italian studies, author of "Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present" (@ruthbenghiat)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.