Episode 6: Courting Authoritarianism

Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries and barring refugees from entering the country was met with fierce popular resistance, media critique, and judicial defeat. In response, Trump and his band of germinal authoritarians have slandered protesters, continued their assault on the media, and advanced their most chilling challenge to the separation of powers, rule of law, and democracy to date.

In this episode, we discuss these recent events and put Trump’s response into the context of the campaign, election, transition, and administration, exposing his continuing transformatoin into America’s first tyrant.

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Main topic

The chances of a refugee killing you – and other surprising immigration stats

Study Says White Extremists Have Killed More Americans in the U.S. Than Jihadists Since 9/11

Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam

Vladimir Putin calls Russia’s protesters ‘paid agents of the west’

InfoWars is behind President Trump’s idea that the media is covering up terrorist attacks

Sean Spicer Makes Up Atlanta Islamist Terror Attack

Kellyanne Conway’s fictitious ‘Bowling Green massacre’ not a one-time slip of the tongue

White House List Contradicts Trump Claim That Terror Attacks Go Unreported

Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump; travel ban will not go into effect

Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties

SPECIAL THANKS

INTRO: Jon Ellig

LOGO: Jake Karcher

IMAGE: By Tim Evanson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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