Republican Party Careens Towards Becoming One Of The World’s Most Authoritarian Factions

  • The Republican Party has been moving in an increasingly regressive and autocratic direction for over a decade and now more closely resembles far-right ruling parties in Turkey, Hungary, and India than typical center-right parties in Western European democracies, a Swedish study published Monday has found. 
  • In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the Varities of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg found that since 2004 the Republican Party has “retreated from upholding democratic norms” and is shifting in an increasingly authoritarian direction, especially since the Trump administration.
  • The study found that the GOP is “now more similar to autocratic ruling parties such as the Turkish AKP and Fidesz in Hungary than to typical center-right governing parties in democracies such as the Conservatives in the U.K. or CDU in Germany.”

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