- Ruth Ben Ghiat: Trump putting a white nationalist into White House is not surprising, but should alarm Americans
- Ben-Ghiat, a historian, says "Axis 2.0 is shaping up before our eyes," with right-wing, like Marine Le Pen, lining up with him
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, and professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Anyone who is surprised at the appointment of right-wing guru Steve Bannon as the Donald Trump administration's chief strategist and counselor has been living in an alternate universe, the universe in which President-elect Trump would "pivot" into something resembling a mainline GOP conservative.