Trump Tapped Into Wellspring Of Authoritarianism In GOP Electorate

  • President Donald Trump has tapped into a wellspring of authoritarianism running beneath the American electorate, according to a new book, and those voters aren’t going away if he loses.
  • Psychology professor Bob Altemeyer and former Nixon White House lawyer John Dean explore that anti-democratic dynamic in their new book, “Authoritarian Nightmare,” and found that many Republican voters prefer strong authoritarian leadership, reported the Washington Post.
  • “[Many Trump supporters] are submissive, fearful, and longing for a mighty leader who will protect them from life’s threats,” the authors write. “They divide the world into friend and foe, with the latter greatly outnumbering the former.”

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