Matthew C. MacWilliams

How Authoritarianism Took Over the GOP and Allowed for the Emergence of Emperor Trump

Editor’s Note: Using a recent national survey of American voters, Matthew C. MacWilliams finds that GOP fears that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination, leading the party to an electoral disaster in November, are well-founded. Trump’s strongman rhetoric has activated and energized American authoritarians to his candidacy, providing him with a large and loyal base of supporters in the upcoming Republican contests. An inclination toward authoritarianism is a major predictor of the likelihood of voting for Donald Trump over other GOP candidates. Moreover, Trump voters are ready to suspend constitutionally guaranteed rights such as habeas corpus, reject the protection of minority rights and support the abridgment of religious freedom through the closure of mosques across the U.S.

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