And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.
By political scientist Matthew MacWilliams January 17, 2016
"So, those who say a Trump presidency “can’t happen here” should check their conventional wisdom at the door. The candidate has confounded conventional expectations this primary season because those expectations are based on an oversimplified caricature of the electorate in general and his supporters in particular. Conditions are ripe for an authoritarian leader to emerge. Trump is seizing the opportunity. And the institutions—from the Republican Party to the press—that are supposed to guard against what James Madison called “the infection of violent passions” among the people have either been cowed by Trump’s bluster or are asleep on the job."
"Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate.
Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied
ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political
behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and
follow strong leaders. And they respond aggressively to outsiders,
especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to "make America great
again" by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and
ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to
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