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The Chilling Implication Behind Nikki Haley’s Trump Remark

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Authoritarianism expert Ruth Ben-Ghiat said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s refusal to condemn Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric showed that America is “experiencing a real-time preparation for authoritarian repression.”

Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Kristen Walker of NBC’s “Meet The Press” that Trump’s idea of ​​executing retired Gen. Mark Milley, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was “irresponsible”.

But Haley said that wasn’t enough to stop Trump from running for the White House again.

“Apparently the idea of ​​executing Milley is now the party line,” Ben-Ghiat, a history professor at New York University, commented on X, formerly Twitter.

“We are experiencing real-time preparation for authoritarian repression,” she continued. “We are in a phase of ‘getting the public used to the idea of ​​violence’.”

“It is essential that authoritative voices like Haley support violence,” added the author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.”

Trump’s attack on Milley prompted the top military leader to take “security precautions” for himself and his family. This comment, however, drew little criticism from conservatives.

Trump, four times indicted, remains the Republican favorite for 2024, with around 57% of the polls. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is second with 12% and Haley third with 7%.

Haley has been suggested as a potential running mate for Trump, should he win the nomination. Other potential candidates for the position would be far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

In June, Ben-Ghiat predicted that Trump would “never leave” if he won the White House again. “It is very clear, because like all authoritarians, he must return to power because he is so corrupt and end all investigations,” she wrote at the time, describing the Republican Party as “a party autocratic operating in a democracy.

Later, Ben-Ghiat warned that Trump should be believed when he threatened to do things like wipe out the civil service and take total control of the government.

“Authoritarians always tell you what they’re going to do as a sort of challenge and as a warning, and people don’t listen until it’s too late,” she said.



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