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The autocracy of Donald J. Trump

It just happened here.

Since the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has admired dictators and autocrats. Now with slipping poll numbers and slight cracks in his Republican support, Trump and his minions are ratcheting up the authoritarian tactics of expanding executive power, suppressing protests, attacking the free press and laying the groundwork for election manipulation. Here’s a look at each of them.

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Chief of Staff Mark Meadows

A member of Trump’s Republican congressional thugs, the former U.S. representative for North Carolina is Trump’s fourth chief of staff.

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Senior adviser Ivanka Trump

The eldest daughter of the president, Ivanka Trump reportedly suggested the idea her father hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Life is a double-page magazine spread to Ivanka.

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President Trump

Rage-tweeter in chief.

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Attorney General Bill Barr

The gaslighting AG claimed the clearing and pepper-spraying of protesters was done to expand the perimeter around Lafayette Square. Oh, and to misuse his power and deny Americans their right to protest under the First Amendment.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper and national security adviser Robert O’Brien

Passengers on the Trump train wreck.

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Who would have thought Trump could find a press secretary who lies better than Sean Spicer or Sarah Sanders?

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

A born-again Trumper whose conversion appeared when his senatorial seat was up for reelection.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

The GOP leadership continues to support "Il Duce.”

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Fox News anchors Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro

Trump’s chief propagandists.

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Sen. Tom Cotton

The “send in the troops” junior senator from Arkansas.

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Steve Bannon

The former White House chief strategist and chairman of Breitbart News blazed Trump’s path to the presidency.

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