Surviving Autocracy

I think Donald Trump is worse

Russian-American author Masha Gessen has released a new book, Surviving Autocracy. Gessen has written books dealing with both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump and has lived in both of their countries. Masha Gessen: “In a way, I think Trump is worse. I never thought I would hear myself say that. They share a lot of characteristics although they are temperamentally extremely different men. They both have this contempt for excellence, they both have a hatred of government, and they both have this way of campaigning against government as such, even as presidents of their respective countries. I think in the end, Putin is somewhat less cynical.”