But it’s not even a comparison Trump seems to shy away from.
In 2016, Trump retweeted a quote from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and then defended the tweet in an interview.
When questioned about it at the time, he reasoned:
Look, Mussolini was Mussolini. It’s a very good quote. It’s a very interesting quote… and I know who said it. What difference does it make?
Yes, Trump. It does make a difference.
So here's a list of all the experts and politicians we can find who’ve made the comparison to Trump being like a dictator:
1. Joe Biden: ‘He’s sort of like Joseph Goebbels’
Democratic candidate for President and former Vice President
Last month, Biden compared Trump to German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels:
2. Ruth Ben-Ghiat: ‘He slowly chipped away at democratic institutions’
Historian and scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders
Speaking to Insider, Ben-Ghiat compared Trump to Mussolini:
The clearest parallel is that Mussolini was prime minister of a democratic coalition government from 1922-1925. During that time, he slowly chipped away at democratic institutions, insulting the press, using violence against the left, joking that he would be in office for 20 years, establishing a militia and a legislative body (the Grand Council) loyal to him.
Ben-Ghiat also continually calls the POTUS out via her Twitter account:
“Mussolini is always right”- Fascist propaganda slogan. https://t.co/KElfyvJxU3
Bill Clinton compared Donald Trump with foreign dictators and warned about the dangers of his repeated sowing of distrust in the media:
6. Glenn Beck: ‘Trump is a dangerous man’
Conservative political commentator
We all look at Adolf Hitler in 1940. We should look at Adolf Hitler in 1929. He was a kind of funny kind of character that said the things people were thinking.
Where Donald Trump takes it, I have no idea. But Donald Trump is a dangerous man with the things that he has been saying.
7. David I. Kertzer: ‘The power of repeating empty phrases’
Anthropologist and historian
Like Trump, [Mussolini] had very little in the way of strong ideological beliefs himself, and knew the power of emotional rather than rational appeals, and of the power of repeating simple, emotionally powerful yet substantively empty phrases.
8. Kamala Harris: ‘Trump's no better than any other dictator’
Democratic Vice President candidate
Trump's no better than any other dictator when it comes to using the resources of the people, and in the name of th… https://t.co/B7Fljziwx7
17. Jason Stanley: 'Trumpism is something akin to a fascist social and political movement'
Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of How Fascism Works
We don't have a fascist regime. But arguably, Trumpism is something akin to a fascist social and political movement and at the very least, we have massive use of fascist tactics. We've got militias roaming the streets, we have one of our political parties turning into a cult of its leader – the RNC platform was just whatever Trump wants – [and] that's an extremely worrisome sign.