President Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House has been marked by an unprecedented rise in authoritarianism.
In his first six months in office, Trump has ordered the arrest of more people than any previous US president, killed hundreds of people, and presided over mass arrests, deportations and detentions.
As Trump’s power grows, we look at five steps to a dictator who uses his authority to wield it, and examine how a leader like him has become so popular.
“We’ve been looking for a guy who has the guts and the toughness to stand up to the media, who is going to stand in the way of this administration, who’s going to be able to stand by their side and not be intimidated by it.”
“I don’t think there is any other leader in the history of this country who has had more respect for the rule of law than I have.”
“Our country is in a much better place than it was before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.”
“The reason why the American people are so enthusiastic about this president is because he has the courage and the strength to stand on principle.”
“When he takes office he’s going.
He’s going after the criminals, he’s coming after the terrorists, he has to be careful that he doesn’t take any more innocent lives than he can handle.”
When the US is in crisis: A decade ago, when Trump’s election victory was announced, the American public was unsure of the extent of the US government’s powers.
They were more likely to believe that the US was on the verge of collapse.
Trump’s presidency, however, has transformed the US into a country in a state of emergency.
On his first day in office in January, Trump ordered the closure of all border crossings, halted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, closed the US embassy in the UK, and indefinitely banned the entry of refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-dominated countries.
These moves have since been reversed.
He also revoked the refugee resettlement programme and ordered a temporary ban on Syrian refugees.
After the election: Following Trump’s inauguration, the US president was greeted by widespread demonstrations.
In February, demonstrators were met by a violent response from the National Guard.
Thousands were arrested in cities across the US, including in Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and Portland.
Protesters then turned their ire towards the US Capitol, where hundreds of thousands of people marched to express their opposition to Trump.
The next month, the crowds descended on cities across North America.
In the first few days of May, protesters took to the streets of Seattle, St. Louis, Denver, Oakland, Portland, Austin, San Diego, and other US cities.
Protesters also held a series of demonstrations across the nation.
Protesters gathered in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland and Philadelphia.
At the same time, protesters held a mass demonstration in Washington DC.
The demonstrations were met with widespread criticism from international media.
Protesters were often confronted by counter-protesters, who were often violent.
Protesters from all over the world gathered in front of the White Houses to denounce Trump’s actions.
In response, the president took to Twitter, writing: “We should not let them define us.
Let us be ourselves.”
On April 5, protests in Washington D.C. broke out, leading to the arrests of over a thousand protesters.
This was followed by several months of demonstrations in the US cities of Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
Protests were met in large numbers with the deployment of hundreds of National Guard troops, which led to numerous arrests.
The President then issued a series and peaceful dispersal orders, which were then overturned by the courts.
Protesters and their supporters have continued to occupy major US cities, including Washington, New York, Los Vegas, Chicago and Baltimore.
During the administration of Barack Obama: Following his election, Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had a much more limited tenure as President of the United States.
During his time in office he oversaw several major security and civil rights reforms.
Obama also took steps to restore the rule to the US of the military.
Obama made many key appointments to key federal agencies.
During Obama’s presidency he also introduced the Fair Pay Act, which was passed into law in February 2017.
The Fair Pay bill included a provision allowing employees who receive federal compensation to refuse to participate in certain government programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and military benefits.
During Trump’s first year in office there were protests in major US city, as protesters took over Trump Tower, in Washington.
There were also clashes in Washington between anti-Trump protesters and police officers.
During Donald Trump ‘s first year: During his first year as President, Trump introduced several policies that benefited the wealthy and powerful.
These included his ban on Muslims entering the US and the construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico.
These measures are widely seen as a reaction to