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What Is Fascism?

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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on “Operation Legend: Combating Violent Crime in American Cities” in the East Room of the White House, Washington, DC, on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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"It's an upheaval of society through violence to turn the clock back," says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. "When there are periods of great progress, charismatic men organize movements around themselves as a red flag against progress."

We talked about the definition of fascism and whether President Trump is a fascist.

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