Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We’re broadcasting from Seattle, Washington. More details are coming to light about President
Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. The New York Times is reporting Comey’s
dismissal came just days after he asked the Justice Department for more resources to expand
the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Comey made the appeal to Deputy Attorney General
Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the memo President Trump later used to justify Comey’s firing. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports Rosenstein
has threatened to quit after the White House cast him as the main instigator in the firing
of Comey. The White House has given conflicting explanations
as to why Comey was dismissed. During a press briefing Wednesday, Deputy
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Comey committed “atrocities”
when investigating former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails, and cited
the letter from Rosenstein as having contributed to Trump’s decision to fire Comey now. DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS:
I think also having a letter like the one that he received and having that conversation
that outlined the basic just atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the
Department of Justice. AMY GOODMAN: When Huckabee was asked when
President Trump lost confidence in Comey, this was her response. DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS:
I think that Director Comey has shown over the last several months, and, frankly, the
last year, a lot of missteps and mistakes. And certainly, I think that, as you’ve seen
from many of the comments from Democrat members, including Senator Schumer, they didn’t think
he should be there. They thought he should be gone. Frankly, I think it’s startling that Democrats
aren’t celebrating this, since they’ve been calling for it for so long. AMY GOODMAN: Meanwhile, on Wednesday, President
Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office. Among those participating in the meeting were
Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, whose contacts with Trump advisers are under
investigation by the FBI, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. After Trump’s opening remarks, a reporter
asked him why he fired FBI Director Comey. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Everybody knows Dr.
Kissinger. And we’re right now talking about Russia
and various other matters. But it’s an honor to have Henry Kissinger
with us. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it. REPORTER: Mr. President, why did you fire
Director Comey? Why did you fire Director Comey? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Because he wasn’t
doing a good job, very simply. He was not doing a good job. AMY GOODMAN: As a candidate, Donald Trump
cheered Comey’s tough stance on Clinton’s use of a personal email and private internet
server while she was secretary of state. Trump is the first president since Richard
Nixon to fire a law enforcement official who was overseeing an investigation tied to the
White House. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions
amidst allegations of ethical lapses in 1993. As the developments fuel concerns Trump is
trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency, Capitol Hill Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell rejected calls for a special prosecutor into the Russia investigation
that came from outraged Democrats, like Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: This is not just a scandal. The president’s actions are neither Republican
nor Democratic. They’re authoritarian. This is an effort to undo the ties that bind
our democratic form of government. All of us, both sides of the aisle, must now
put country over party. AMY GOODMAN: In his first public comment on
his firing, former FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to agents at the FBI urging
them to remain, quote, “a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” noting, quote,
“I have long believed that a president can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for
no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision
or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either,” he wrote. All this comes as the Senate Intelligence
Committee Wednesday subpoenaed former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for
documents related to its investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Former FBI Director Comey was supposed to
be a star witness for the committee, but acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe will now testify
instead. For more, we go to New York. We’re joined by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor
of history and Italian studies at New York University. She wrote a recent piece for CNN headlined
“Trump at his most dangerous.” She’s currently working on a book entitled
Strongmen: From Mussolini to Trump. Professor, welcome to Democracy Now! Can you talk about, first, the firing and
your thoughts as you see this go down, President Trump firing the FBI director, James Comey,
who was investigating the Trump campaign? RUTH BEN-GHIAT: Sure. You know, some people, including Republicans,
are now trying to spin this as Trump being Trump, an impulsive action that was just out
of grievance. I see it differently. Trump is an authoritarian, as I’ve been
arguing for some time. And when he says that Comey wasn’t doing
his job, he means Comey was obstructing him from using the office of the presidency to
further his personal goals, because authoritarians believe that the institutions should serve
them and not the other way around. So I see this as completely consistent with
his temperament and his agenda of colonizing the country to make it serve his personal
interest. AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the ways you
see this trend of authoritarianism being expressed by Trump? I mean, he’s only been in office now for
a few months. RUTH BEN-GHIAT: Sure. Well, you know, during the campaign, he started
with a very important point, which was forging these bonds with the public that were based
on loyalty to him. And it’s come up repeatedly that he felt
Comey wasn’t loyal to him. And loyalty is the most important thing, because
authoritarians forge bonds that are based on their person and not allegiance to a party
or a principle. Trump doesn’t care too much about the GOP. It got him to power, it gave him the nomination,
but it’s just a vehicle for him. So, that’s part of it. The other thing is, a senior—a former senior
intelligence official said that the Comey—the way that he fired Comey was “like an execution,”
in quotes. And, you know, the method, and he did it—Trump
is a—he’s a proponent of the doctrine of surprise. And this was a kind of threat to the FBI,
to the American public, which is consistent with the kind of dangerous persona he has
had. And I want to remind everyone that in January
2016, when he was on the campaign trail, he said, “I could stand on 5th Avenue and shoot
someone and wouldn’t lose any followers.” This was, for me, a turning point. It meant that he was giving us a message that
he considered himself to be above the law. And he was testing the GOP, which is what
authoritarians do. They test, on their way up and once they’re
in power, to see how much they can get away with. And the GOP rewarded him with the nomination. So he feels emboldened, now he’s in power,
to do exactly this kind of thing. AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democrat of New York. SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: This is part of a deeply troubling
pattern from the Trump administration. They fired Sally Yates. They fired Preet Bharara. And now they’ve fired Director Comey, the
very man leading the investigation. This does not seem to be a coincidence. AMY GOODMAN: And speaking on CNN Wednesday,
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called the Trump decision to fire Comey a
“looming constitutional crisis.” SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: I disagree with James
Comey in some of his decisions, but I never advocated that he be fired, particularly before
an inspector general within the Department of Justice was looking at those actions. Rod Rosenstein, in effect, preempted that
ongoing internal investigation, fired him, using a pretense that is laughable—the decisions
on the Clinton email some 10 months ago. And what we have now is really a looming constitutional
crisis that is deadly serious. AMY GOODMAN: President Trump lashed out at
Senator Blumenthal. Instead of addressing the comments, Trump
attacked Blumenthal’s military record. In a series of tweets, Trump wrote, quote,
“Watching Senator Richard Blumenthal speak of Comey is a joke. ‘Richie’ devised one of the greatest military
frauds in U.S. history. For years, as a pol in Connecticut, Blumenthal
would talk of his great bravery and conquests in Vietnam–except he [was never] there. When caught, he cried like a baby and begged
for forgiveness…and now he is judge & jury. He should be the one who is investigated for
his acts.” Well, Senator Blumenthal returned to CNN later
on Wednesday and was asked by Anderson Cooper how serious this could get. SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: It may well produce another
United States v. Nixon on a subpoena that went to the United States Supreme Court. It may well produce impeachment proceedings,
although we’re very far from that possibility. AMY GOODMAN: So, Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat,
can you talk about what these senators are saying and what you see might be, though you
would be quite prescient if you could say, what’s about to unfold? RUTH BEN-GHIAT: Yes, no one can tell what’s
going to happen. In the past, once elites are coopted to an
authoritarian, it can be very difficult, for pragmatic reasons, for them to jump ship. This is not, strictly speaking, a constitutional
crisis, in that it was perfectly legal for Trump to fire the FBI director. What’s at issue is the politicization of
the judiciary and intelligence, which he’s been doing all along, and the method. And so, this depends on what the GOP is going
to do, and I’m a bit pessimistic about their having the political will, the unified political
will, to see this through to get rid of Trump. I also want to highlight, though, that the
comparison with Watergate leaves out the very, very important foreign dimension. This is a Russia—Trump-Russia probe. And firing Comey in the way he did was a very
important message that Trump sent to the world, number one, to all of his fellow authoritarians. And we’ve seen how he calls the president
of Turkey. He invites Duterte of the Philippines to the
White House. And he has gone out of his way to forge ties
and show allegiance to this kind of leadership, and, above all, to his Russian client. And I felt it was such a tragedy for our democracy
to see Trump in the Oval Office with the Russian foreign minister the day after this happened. This is a very strong signal to his Russian
client and to authoritarians all over the world that he means business, and the business
is their business. AMY GOODMAN: I mean, it’s very interesting,
the headline I just read at the top of the show, yes, on the same day President Trump
hosted the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and Russia’s ambassador, Sergey
Kislyak, at the White House. Politico reports Trump invited Lavrov after
requests from Russian President Putin. A White House spokesman said, “He chose to
receive him because Putin asked him to. Putin did specifically ask on the call when
they last talked.” The White House faced some criticism for allowing
the Russian state media agency TASS inside the White House to take photographs while
barring all U.S. media. Your thoughts? RUTH BEN-GHIAT: I felt terribly sad for our
democracy when I saw that. Being also a historian of propaganda, you
cannot overestimate the impact of acquiescing to a request to have the foreign minister
in there. And apparently, you know, news reports are
that he was—Trump was duped a bit, because he was told the photographer was the personal
photographer of the foreign minister, when in fact the person was also taking pictures
for TASS, the state agency. And think of the impact that has within Russia
and the world, and the U.S. media was not allowed in. And besides the security concerns, which have
been raised with having Russians in the Oval Office with a photographer for—into the
most sensitive space of America, it sends a message that Russia has won and that Trump
is indeed willing to do what they say. So I felt this was a great tragedy and a kind
of culmination of all the things that have been said and alleged during this Russia-Trump
investigation so far. AMY GOODMAN: Professor Ben-Ghiat, you are
a professor of history and Italian studies at NYU, New York University, and you’re
writing a book comparing Trump to Mussolini. Can you explain? RUTH BEN-GHIAT: Yes. So, I’m pushed many times in the media to
label Trump a fascist. And I’ve never done that, because Trump
is not aiming to establish a one-party state. It’s too much work, I imagine, and he doesn’t
need to. The thing about authoritarians today—and
we can look at what’s happening in Turkey and elsewhere, and even in Russia—you don’t
need to have a dictatorship in the classic sense to accomplish your goals. You can intimidate people. You can try and control the press. You can attack the judiciary, the media, the
institutions, hollowing them out, without having to ban parties in the traditional fascist
manner. That said, there are many similarities. One of them I mentioned before. There’s this testing period constantly that
the authoritarian is doing to see how much he can get away with. What is the appetite of the political elites
and the public for violence? And this goes back to Trump’s comment—right?—that
he could shoot someone. This is quite extraordinary. And Mussolini did the same thing, as did Hitler. And the other element is that people don’t
take these people seriously until it’s too late. So, I’ve been trying to warn the public,
along with many other people, about the dangers, including this article you mentioned most
recently, the dangers that these men bring with them. And by the time people realize, it’s too
late. AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you very
much for joining us, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies at New York
University. We’ll link to your piece over at CNN headlined
“Trump at his most dangerous.” Professor Ben-Ghiat is working on a book called
Strongmen: From Mussolini to Trump. When we come back, Kshama Sawant joins us,
the Socialist city councilmember here in Seattle, Washington. Stay with us.

100 thoughts on “Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

  1. Every single high-ranking Democrat, from Chuck Schumer to Elizabeth Warren, called for James Comey to be fired just prior to the election because of his reopening of the Clinton case. Now that he gets fired by Trump those same people act like it's some kind of travesty of justice. No principles at all. Had Clinton fired him, no controversy.



  4. I know this sounds childish but that is Trump's behavior. Not only does Comey think independently, he is taller than Trump. Childish and insecure Donnie can't handle either attribute.

  5. Every time America lets this guy get away with yet another insult to democracy, the nation loses some of itself.

  6. Mitch McConnell is a fucking idiot and old! let's get that SPECIAL prosecutor in there to take care of this investigation!!!!😊😊😊

  7. awww fuk…Henry Fuk in Kissengerm is there.?! bad news…give some advise on watergate? wtf???

  8. Sen. Leahy said it all… sitting next to Henry Killinger I'd worry about that secretive discussion more than the bullshit that he's handed down the pipe. this godamn administration don't give a damn about the United States of America

  9. This attack against the liberty and democracy diring Mr James Corney
    USA is now a very very "Corrupted banana republic"

  10. This attack against the liberty and democracy firing Mr James Corney
    USA is now a very very "Corrupted banana republic"

  11. So dems wanted him fired for the last 6 months and now when trump does what they wanted they cry foul , fuck off libs you have no say in this government you lost and had 8 years now shut up

  12. Strongmen: From Mussolini to Trump? Oy vey, could you come up with a MORE hyperbolic book title???

  13. Here's how you know this is fake news………………….Trump firing Comey was nothing but a way to distract the masses. What's really going on right now? Anybody watching or paying attention? Nope. Everyone is a lemming and fascinated with this fake story. Democracy Now is in collusion with this stealth tactic. This tactic has been used on us for decades. It works like a charm every time. I wonder what's really cooking right now!! Something really big is probably under way.

  14. There is a Moscow puppet in the WH and Russia's journalists have more access to the Oval Office than Americans.
    The world is being turned on its head. I hope there may still be gravity to hold us from falling off.

  15. I bet if Hillary Clinton won and was about to kick off World War 3 with Russia, there would be no analysis like this on the matter, instead you'd be cheering because your chose of psychopath is always better then the Republican choice of psychopath. All presidents are criminals, doesn't matter if it's Trump, Hillary, Obama or Bush, none of them have your best interests in mind, and the world is a lot worse off for allowing them the opportunity to effect it as a result of their presidency.

  16. Ignorance is a step towards wisdom …a near bottom step. The elected celebrity is the same person he has shown himself to be. Liars spin with words, but consistent actions play out the truth. People don't change by virtue of wealth or position. When people gave warnings ahead of they election it was because he had already acted in ways that revealed his character. Elections do not erase who the nominee is prior to an appointment. The US people, in most situations, elect the best politician who is running for political office. The politicians of both parties chose candidates out of fear of losing the status quo, i.e., losing money and privilege. If they had focused on social progress, upholding the constitution, and elevating the American peoples, then both the DNC and RNC would have given nominations to moderates, they had some very qualified candidates. Fear of the populace led to running the candidates they did in the hopes of maintaining the status quo. Corporate RNC, like Corporate DNC, were championing Corporate Clintons back in the Oval Office. Hillary need look no further than her albatross as to why she lost the election. If Hillary divorced Bill and distanced herself from corporate America then she may have stood a chance. Many people thought well of her after her time in the WH, but there was no way in hell the people were going to let Bill back in. Too many people's lives got wrecked as a result of corporate America mixing with the religious right since the 1994 elections. In some weird way, healthcare, trade, taxes on the obscenely wealthy and gay rights appear to be the issues that have been played back and forth, like ping pong, for the spectacle of the wealthy

  17. Trump wouldn't be President if we didn't have fucking money grubbing corporate cowards like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and douchebag Nancy Pelosi.

  18. It's called draining the swamp. Trump needs to fire more people at the FBI; hopefully he will in time. It's good that he doesn't let his presidency rot while waiting for the conclusion of the Russian fantasy unicorn investigation. (Are unicorns real? Only fired FBI director Comey can know for sure; let's give him more time so he can let more terrorists wreak havoc in our society, like Omar Mateen in Orlando, like San Bernardino, etc. all the while he has 100 planes flying overhead secretly and without a warrant data mining all our cell phones.) This firing was so long overdue; anybody who expects Trump to be afraid and not do his job due to the unicorn investigation is foolish. The American people voted for change, positive change, not politics as usual. Trump is just doing his job.

  19. Of course Trump is a dangerous authoritarian. Anyone who denies or misses this is an idiot or an authoritarian himself or herself.

  20. trumps campaign statement that he could shoot someone on 5th avenue and not lose supporters, was really i thought one of hte most shocking things that could be said in a campaign – it had some many disturbing insights into trumps mind – firstly, of all the ways he could express simply that his loyalists would never leave him, he chose murder? secondly that the concept of murder and the consequences of it – the obvious taking of the life of another human didnt seem to even register with trump, it was just a figure of speech, but to use such a figure of speech to also suggest that you could get away with anything of your prerogative?

    trump has the mindset through and through of a dictator – total loyalty to him at every instant is demanded and if you waver for a moment, then he never forgets and would come after you or regard you as no longer a welcome person in his world – and when that world is extended to the entirety of hte USA?… well we see it all playing out now.

    if trump gets to control the FBI, then truly it will be utterly nightmarish beyond all comparison to what has so far transpired – it would be purged of its critical and intelligent minds and filled with gestapo sadists and yes men

  21. It was not so long ago that Comey was being hailed for his exceedingly long track record of honesty in the FBI. He was portrayed as being "untouchable" by the nefarious and unscrupulous because of his pristine integrity. What happened? He asks for money to expand an investigation involving the POTUS that figures in the administration don't want and suddenly Comey is fired without any process or ceremony. This all feels very impulsive and that's no way to run a government.

  22. usa has been fascist every since the private central bank was used.
    Kennedy tried to stop it and was killed for it.

  23. I agree with the professor – trump's comment about being able to shoot someone and keep supporters is one of his most insane statements. No other modern president has said anything like this. We're in uncharted waters. Time to defend this place from a dictator. Put aside your differences and unite against trump!

  24. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has ruined any chance of a career by aligning herself with this kleptocracy. The White House is occupied by crooks, Nazis and goons & Republican lawmakers are enabling it, while risking global unrest. Trump has already pushed buttons on military attacks to distract from his corruption, his psychosis is going to escalate. Trump is a petulant child who turns the board over when he is losing. Now he's been elected by fools and Putin the whole world is his board and GOP are allowing all of us to suffer the fallout.

  25. America is faced with a difficult dilemma in impeaching Trump: Damn if you do, damn if you don't. What is awaiting the world after Trump may well be a monster twice as bad as this one.

  26. most people seem to have no idea what is going on…in realtime. they just seem to accept trump ad just another bad president and not something much, much worse.

  27. Notice the handshakes by Comey to Trump and Pence. Trump pulls him forward (dominating tactic) Comey isn't taking the bait, goes in quick, then retreats to show dismissal. Does a hit and run on Pence handshake. These cats hate each other.

  28. The Video, while interesting, is entirely redundant.

    Just the headline is quite enough. Why more Americans are not furious with the GOP and their head Cheeto is hard to fathom.

  29. I find it very telling, the way OrangeMan shakes hands as he takes their hand, jerks his arm back, pulling the other person off their footing, thus taking the power position; body language, indeed!

  30. Democrazy Now, the Infowars of the left. Amey Jones and Alex Goodman have so much in common and they both stick to the script like flies on a turd.

  31. watching all of this play out from the UK I wonder..what on earth next? the assumption we draw is trump is avoiding Russian collusion investigation. my gut tells me trump is hiding something far worse. tv evidence alone from campaigne trail proves collusion. but that is a red herring story. Epstein is the real story.

  32. My theory: President Trump is not enjoying being President. He cannot relinquish the Presidency, nor, apparently, can he refuse to run in 2020 (unless he has or develops health problems), but he can ensure that he is so disliked that even the most conservative Republicans will be unwilling to support him. He chose to fire Mr.Comey so publicly and discourteously for a reason – I suspect that he does not want to be reelected in 2020 and he's doing what he can to be as unappealing as possible so that relatively few will vote for him. The Chinese market is already open to him now, he got those deals a few months ago so post Presidency his brand will be in even more markets, which, as a businessman he'll appreciate. He can't step down (I'm guessing), he won't be impeached but he can make sure he's so unpopular that he won't possibly win in 2020. That's my theory.

  33. More gaslighting the people under the claim that enforcing immigration law is the devil. Take all the locks off all your doors, assholes. We'll see how YOU like being raped and robbed blind..

    Yes – I DO know someone robbed by an illegal. AND someone raped by an illegal. AND assaulted by illegals.
    They're thieves

    here to steal the quality of life their OWN lifestyles WIPED OUT where THEY come from.

    Now they want to spread that shit here.

    Go back where you came from

    make your place like the U.S. if you like it so much.

    Oh that's right most of them are criminals who are about to be thrown in jail in their own countries, nowadays.

  34. In the letter POTUS states that Comey informed him on THREE occasions that he (POTUS) was NOT under investigation!!

    Many items ARE under investigation and will CONTINUE to be investigated without Comey.
    Comey did NOT have a firm stance on Clinton's email use on a server that wasn't secured!!
    Watch dirt come up on Leary now too.
    Brown is facing so much time, I feel bad for her because she is so old.
    Was it Waters that is facing charges?
    Schultz, Brazile, Lynch are more collateral damage protecting Hillary.

    People should stop supporting protecting Hillary and let the Justice System we have continue.

    Comey has been covering for Hillary since the bank scandal.

  35. If Syria (russia) comits some atrocity and Trump fires a few missles he will magically become presidential again.

  36. I think that this young cowgirl trying to be a fast talker but quivering Huckabee girl needs to learn the definition of atrocities. Obviously, she is getting nervous and is not as prepared as she was the first times. She doesn't know what she got into.

  37. The AG along with he assistant AG both recommended in letters to the president that Comey be terminated …this is a far cry from the lefts comparison to Nixon. Nixon ordered his own AG to fire the independent investigator. When, the AG declined to fire he Nixon asked the Assistant AG then he declined the same request to fire …So Nixon took it upon himself to fire the independent ..that's a far cry from what President Trump did. Now you know the rest of the real story and not what fake news is telling us that this is Nixoneon.

  38. Hey when you find the Russian link let us all know …I guess there isn't a Russian you can name or maybe just maybe there is some info that President Trump likes Russian dressing on his salad….You want a real Russian link look towards the losing democrat candidate she sold over 20% of our uranium to a Canadian company with not only strong ties with Russia but, Putin bought the company…Bill Clinton getting over 500K to make a speech in Moscow ..I thought Amy would like that ..?There isn't a centile of evidence in the FBI, NSA , CIA or anywhere. Comey needed to go and the assistant AG and AG knew it from his ridicules drama queen appearance in front of the senate.

  39. Hey Amy tell you're fan base who's the Russian ..do you even know ..who's the Russian …I now if he Russian id hack the DNC then why didn't the DNC allow the FBI to a make a forensic investigation of their servers …they the DNC declined access to the FB to their servers ..I wonder why?

  40. Comey gave conflicting evidence under oath ……….. what more needs to be said. The quitting storey has been proven to be false, as has the request for more resources by FBI. Damn get the facts right please it is your job. To think people are suggesting now the FBI won't do its job is disgusting

  41. I will guarantee Putin didn't "ask" Trump to invite the Russian politicos but basically, Putin, told him that they are coming so clear your calendar for that.

  42. What is Kissinger and Trump doing in the White House cutting a oil deal with Russia, and cutting deals for his family
    around the world using our secret service to protect them. It is time to get rid of Trump expose his lies that are
    against Constitutional laws and his fraud for the sake of his monetary gain. Why in God's name would anyone vote
    for Trump with absolutely no political experience and believe this habitual liar because he says he is Christian. Christian
    he is not.

  43. This is simply high school drama for elites. In 2 or 3 months, this will no longer be given much thought or attention. Politics is full of hyperbole and fear mongering. America is not 'about' to lose its democracy, it already has. Pretending we're entering a time of despair and chaos, we've never seen before, is simply hysteria. It's the same ol' system and will continue to be.

    Trump, despite all his Fascist tendencies, is just one man. In order to move us to some sort of authoritarian state, he'd have to fight against forces much more powerful than him; like wealthy elites and corporations, Wall Street, the judicial branch, Congress, K street, the Koch Brothers (who are Libertarians), etc etc. America is not about to fall. When that time comes, it'll happen when you least expect it to. One night you'll go to bed, and the next you'll wake up under a collapsed system.

  44. for whatever reason he was fired, it was warranted. morons who want to cry about it and accuse trump of hiding from Russian collusion are restarded. yes I said retarded . libertards. He (Trump) has done more in his first few months than the last cowards regime. Not not one of you liberal crybabies cried when obuma colluded with the Muslim brotherhood to destroy our country. You all make me sick.

  45. Trump has been showing the people of the US, including his supporters, that they don't matter to him, nor does the country itself. Unfortunately, Congress and the Senate are delirious in their support of him as they continue to dismantle the gov't and any semblance of "democracy."

  46. No wonder he fired him, look how tall that dude is. Trump doesn't want to be show boated by that tall of a guy standing next to him! lol

  47. Robert Schultz, The left didn't bat an eye? The progressive movement in the U S didn't happen because of Trump. It gained traction because of the failure of the Obama era to deliver on its promises. Most of the progressives have equal disdain for Democrats and Republicans. Despite differing opinion and the knee jerk reaction to disagree on the smallest of matters depending on a chosen political tribe, there needs to be restoration of respect, integrity and democracy. And the right place to start is by following the money and getting it out. The American people deserve a government that serves common man and not corporations and the very rich. Respectfully….

  48. Thanks, Democracy Now!:) Ruth Ben Ghiat: P. Trump presents typical Authoritarian Personality traits and does not surprise. Inviting Dictators Erdoban and Duterte to the WH must make P. Trump Supporters giddy with anticipation: their eyelashes aflutter and butt-holes Puckered?! So nearly w/in their reach? Not-white hordes slapped down to Heel!:D

  49. Mitch McConnell is a TOTAL SELLOUT..! And a DANGER to the American People..! A Real Sneak..! A SNAKE..!


  51. Sorry, but Trump told you exactly what you wanted to hear, so he could get exactly what he wanted to have. He hasn't done any of the things he promised you, has he! But he sure made some juicy tax breaks for his friends.

  52. Wise, words, Ruth. Thank you for being my voice and the voice of many here in the U.S. who can see quite clearly what is going on and are horrified.

  53. At 6:20. The NYU professor and CNN contributor tells Amy "voice of the voiceless" Goodman that Trump is fascist because his campaign demanded personal loyalty from the public. … Sure, but didn't Trump run against Clinton whose slogan was "I'm with her"? Even after the election, Democrats were wearing t-shirts and caps proclaiming, "I'm STILL with her". Hillary Clinton launched internal campaign witch hunts to secure the most loyal staff. But… when GOP paleoconservatives or independent social democrats (like Sanders) seek loyalty and camaraderie, then it's fascism. When liberals like Clinton or Obama insist on loyalty, it's called teamwork. Why doesn't the professor and Amy just put their cards on the table?…, liberals fear mass politics. PERIOD.

  54. Anti-Christian Zionist Jews (who dominate America) are trying to stop
    the most powerful Christian nations in the world from joining forces –
    don't let them do it – remove the Zionist Jews from America – they've
    been betraying Christians for 2,000 years and will continue to do so –
    check out brother Nathanael.

  55. Strongmen, you have got to be kidding, Trump is in no way strong or a man, A man would never only serve himself, A man gets his pleasure from giving and helping others.He also lives in fear look at his campaign, He won on a fear and hate based campaign.
    I am sure your book is great but you couldn't be more off when it comes to title unless you add Wanna be to the beginning. Power without strength and knowledge the Trump debacle.

  56. The investigation of Hillary Clinton is not yet finished. That investigation was effectively suspended by Cheryl Lynch. With Comey gone, then McCabe effectively becomes head of the FBI. McCabe is seriously compromised by payments by Hillary Clinton to his wife. There are matters still unresolved about allegations against Clinton: the contents of her emails concerning Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, and corruption within the DNC which meant that Bernie Sanders had no chance of winning.
    How laughable does this hysteria concerning Russia going to become: the "horror" of a Russian photographer in the Oval Office — it sounds as if these 'journalists' believe that he was going to somehow rifle through Trumps desk taking microfilm photos of America's top Secrets. The US Senate has an investigation concerning Russia as well. These are merely allegations made by the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton to explain their unexpected loss to Trump. The real reasons for the lost Election are obvious — the corruption of the DNC (against Bernie Sanders) and the corruption allegations surrounding Hillary Clinton, plus her foreign policy.
    Over all this time, not one bit of evidence has been produced to show that Russia hacked or undermined the US Election (the behaviour of the Democrats since last November have actually made Trump look good). People outside the USA can see how immature and ridiculous the allegations have become that the US is becoming a laughing-stock and standing joke. Fortunately the leaders of Russia have shown patience, good sense and statesmanlike behaviour in the face of this provocative behaviour emanating from the USA.
    The Democrats are a far right-wing Party harbouring many neo-Cons, advocating War; the Republican Party shows signs of also being controlled by neo-Cons. Democrats and Republicans argue about relative trifles when they actually differ very little in relation to the very aggressive Foreign Policies of the USA.

  57. really , we all felt terribly sad for our democracy when all the media people cried when hillary lost and showed how lib bias they all are on election night

  58. Seems if we've learnt anything one can be sure Trump's organization for years is probably riddled with unjustified firings and poor management.

  59. OMG Optimus Fine….this is soooo scary to me…..im ole and i prolly wont see our efforts come to fruition never give up the fight

  60. acts like obama never met w putin or other russian diplomats…bush even went fishing w putin. some expert u got there. goddam warmongering pseudo intellectuals.

  61. Russia hacking? Proofe? SO what………?
    Putin nor Russian's did not vote!!!
    The American peoples really voted themselves…..

  62. Trump voters didn't want a "politician" in the white house what they got was everything they think politicians are times 10. Trump could only debate by lying. The guy is a narcissistic egomaniac with all the traits of a dictator. He didn't even know what the president does and is supposed to do. He keeps firing people until he finds someone who agrees with him basically trying to hire authoritarian cronies. His followers are crazy. To think the POTUS started a "University" that stole from middle class people15,000-20,000 each for a fake degree with no education to back it. The guy is a sleazy car salesman who refuses to show how much he's made and has given 0 to charity. He lies constantly about what he's worth and how he made it on his own, what a crock of shit.

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