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Trump’s Unhinged Eruptions in Ohio Should Light a Fire Under the Media

Veteran journalist Susan Glasser on why Trump’s authoritarian language is so alarming—and how the press is struggling to meet the challenges of this uniquely dangerous moment.

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Former President Donald Trump arrives for a rally on March 16, in Vandalia, Ohio.

In Ohio over the weekend, Donald Trump delivered one of his most unhinged and dangerous rally speeches yet: He used appallingly dehumanizing language about migrants, saluted the January 6 rioters as patriots and heroes, and predicted a “bloodbath” if he loses the election. We talked to New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser, the author of an excellent new piece about Trump’s use of violent and authoritarian language at rallies like this one, about why the media urgently needs to do better at conveying the full threat to democracy that Trump poses.