Trump’s big lie wouldn’t have worked without his thousands of little lies

The former President’s aim in his ceaseless lying was to get his followers to trust him alone as the arbiter of reality and to distrust everyone and everything else — especially the democratic system that denied him sufficient power to become untouchable, writes Ruth Ben-Ghiat. It’s the authoritarian way — and has left millions of his followers, even in his defeat, clinging fiercely to his falsehoods, she says.