The Looming Crisis in Trump’s America Is Over Political Legitimacy, Not Dictatorship

The Looming Crisis in Trump’s America Is Over Political Legitimacy, Not Dictatorship
A rally for U.S. President Donald Trump in Duluth, Minn., June 20, 2018 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

The events of the past month have some political observers wondering if the United States has begun, or is in the midst of, a slide toward authoritarianism under President Donald Trump. The worry is that, with the Republican Party apparently cowed by Trump and his political base, the constitutional system of checks and balances is no longer fit for purpose. Against this backdrop, the administration’s coarsened political rhetoric and policies against immigrants and asylum-seekers at the border are seen as precursors for broader restrictions of liberties moving forward. At the same time, there is a backlash—from Trump supporters, but also […]

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