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As part of my ongoing ‘fight-fascism toolkit’ series, I mined the wisdom of America’s foremost scholar on Italian fascism, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, on how to explain Ron DeSantis’ fluency in doublespeak.
I asked Ruth, the author of ‘Strongmen’, to explain how we frame his walk-back on his comments on the war in Ukraine, in which he minimized it parroting Kremlin talking points. Many good people will be confused by the u-turn, and as usual, Ruth nailed it.
“The first impact is the tell,” said Ruth. “The first thing you say is the tell. The correction? Meh, no one cares. The walk-back is just politics. The master of this is Putin. These are strategies of propaganda and it’s signaling. The walk-back is insincere, and that too is staged.”
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