Trump went full authoritarian in his latest Fox News interview - 2020-09-01

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F0.png Trump went full authoritarian in his latest Fox News interview September 1, 2020, Alex Ward, Vox

President Donald Trump has been known to dabble in conspiracy theories — be it that Barack Obama was secretly born in Kenya, that global warming is a hoax created by China, or that Bill and/or Hillary Clinton had child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein murdered in prison.

But his latest whopper — that his political opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, is secretly being controlled by a roving band of black-clad violent extremists who like to fly on commercial airlines — is more than just another conspiracy theory. It's also disturbingly reminiscent of a disinformation tactic commonly deployed by dictators around the world to discredit legitimate political opposition.

On Monday, Trump told Fox News's Laura Ingraham a wild story he'd heard about a supposed plane full of "thugs" who had traveled together on a commercial flight to an unnamed American city to stage protests during the Republican National Convention. These same thugs, in Trump's telling, are secretly pulling Biden's strings from the "dark shadows."

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