MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has frequently compared President Donald Trump's administration to the early days of Nazi Germany, but now he thinks other dictators are taking their cue from the U.S. president.
The "Morning Joe" host warned that Trump's attacks on U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies echo authoritarian regimes from the past, and now current dictators are echoing the president's attacks on the press and the democratic checks on his power.
"It's disinformation, and yeah, maybe we don't want to compare it to Nazi Germany in 1933, but maybe we do compare it to Russia, to Vladimir Putin's regime now," Scarborough said, "to Orban's regime in Hungary now, to other autocratic regimes who use language in a way to savage their opponents, to dehumanize their opponents, and most importantly, and this is the key in autocracies, in democracies that move to autocracies, the key is the attacking of the press, the attacks of an independent judiciary, and the attacking of the intel agencies."
Scarborough said Trump now serves as a model to other dictators.
"There's a reason why Assad is now parroting Donald Trump and talking about fake news," he said. "There's a reason why other dictators across the planet, when they get caught in human rights violations, parrot Donald Trump and talk about fake news, why Erdoğan is doing the same thing."
"They're all reading from the same playbook," he added, "and of course we have a Madisonian democracy that I still believe keeps us strong and will protect us as a nation, but every day Donald Trump and the attorney general of the United States now, and so many of Donald Trump's supporters, are doing everything they can to make true Donald Trump's vision of the Constitution, that Article II gives the president of the United States unlimited power."