- Ruth Ben-Ghiat: The clues to Trump's presidency are already there from authoritarian regimes throughout history
- From stifling of press to discrediting justices who object to extra-legal practices, Trump's record bodes ill, she says
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and a 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)In less than a week, America will embark on a new political experience: rule by an authoritarian President. Donald Trump won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million. So, for every American who looks forward to the Trump era, there is likely another who fears he will lead us into ruin.