“Authoritarianism”: Here’s a Terrifying Truth: Trump Could Win

Here’s a Terrifying Truth: Trump Could Win

Thursday, 04 August 2016 –By Joshua J. Exoo and Calvin F. Exoo, Truthout | News AnalysisDonald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 18, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Photo: Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 18, 2016. (Photo:Gage Skidmore)

The terrifying truth is that Donald Trump might well win this election. Here’s why:

The strongest single predictor of Trump support is a trait called authoritarianism. It’s a mindset that political scientists have only recently found a way to identify and measure, but it will be the key to this election — because the army of Trump authoritarians is large — and it is growing.

For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, “Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016.”

At the heart of the authoritarian personality is fear:  

  1. Authoritarians fear social change, especially if it seems to challenge their own status as superior to other groups. And on the other side of the same coin, they crave stability, order and security.
  2. Authoritarians fear “outsiders.” Like the followers of the ancient philosopher Manes, authoritarians see the world as a battleground between the good (people “like us”) and the bad (people who are “different from us,” don’t share our values and mean to harm us). Their fondness for “us” tends to make them jingoistic, xenophobic and sometimes racist.
  3. Authoritarians look to a strong leader to quell their fears — one who promises in no uncertain terms to protect them from outsiders and put a stop to the social changes they fear. This leader need not detail the plan for doing this. Authoritarians look for a strong, parental figure who will simply say, “Leave it to me.”

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  • Clyde Duncan  On August 8, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Some of us may look at Nate Silver’s brilliant forecasting and already pooh-pooh any suggestion that it is possible for Donald Trump to win.

    I believe that is a Fool’s Errand – Donald Trump could win the elections for President of the USA.

    If you accept the power of “nyet” –

    Then you would accept that Donald Trump is NOT defeated as yet …..

  • walter  On August 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    There is a reason why so many “regular” people are moving towards Trump. All the brilliant movers and shakers claim, it is because they are stupid. I think there is a void he is filling, one that was created by empty Democratic Promises. I have no cards in the race, but I would like to see him shake up the status quo.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 10, 2016 at 12:12 am

    “I think there is a void he is filling, one that was created by empty Democratic Promises.”

    The only word that I could find – that is printable – to describe the foregoing sentence is “ASININE” …. to say the least!!

  • walter  On August 10, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Whoa Nellie, I don’t have a dog in the race, I am too busy enjoying my life to even care, but, might be a good thing to shake up the system seemingly bogged down in lies and dishonesty, so I hope he wins.

  • Clyde Duncan  On August 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    A vote for Trump is also a vote for the bigoted company he keeps

    by Jessica Valenti – The Guardian UK

    Sometimes we don’t have a choice about the people in our lives. Plenty of Americans know what it’s like to have a family member who is racist or sexist, and most of us don’t have the privilege of choosing who we work with or for. Still, who we choose to surround ourselves with matters. And for those with power, these personal and professional decisions hold even more weight.

    Donald Trump chose Stephen Bannon to lead his campaign – a man accused of domestic violence and making anti-Semitic comments. And he is counting on Roger Ailes to help him with debate prep – a man accused of sexual harassment by more than 20 women.

    These two men are among the advisers he picked after Corey Lewandowski, charged with assaulting a female reporter, left his campaign. These choices tell us a clear story about who Trump is and what he stands for.

    The associations add disturbing detail to the picture we already have of Trump – one he has painted himself, repeatedly, with disdainful comments about Muslims, Mexicans, women and disabled people. For the targets of Trump’s ire, the bigotry is obvious: polls show women, Latino and African American voters are overwhelmingly averse to voting for Trump, and that is not likely to change before the November election.

    That’s why Trump’s recent “outreach” to black voters – speeches about the African American community before mostly white audiences; upcoming visits to black churches – is not really about rehabilitating his image with people of colour.

    It’s about pandering to white voters who want to believe they’re not racist for supporting Trump.

    He’s hoping that moderate white Republicans – those who may be disturbed by Trump’s white supremacist supporters and his invective against, well, everyone – will see this as their opportunity to vote for Trump without feeling guilty for supporting a racist. As NPR’s Domenico Montanaro said last week: “the fact is whites with college degrees don’t want to feel like they are voting for somebody who’s seen as a bigot or a racist.”

    The tactic may work to assuage that guilt, but it doesn’t change reality: a vote for Trump is a vote for racism, misogyny and hate. It matters that white supremacists (who apparently prefer the softer term “white nationalists”) support Trump, and that he is slow to disavow their endorsement. It matters that he consistently and repeatedly surrounds himself with women-haters and bigots. It matters that his policies and beliefs would irreparably harm marginalized communities.

    Associating yourself with a terrible person – whether through work or through votes – reflects on who you are, whether you like it or not. Trump cannot claim to support communities that he derides and expect us to believe it. He cannot surround himself with advisers who are hateful and then say with a straight face that he does not hate.

    There is no get-out-of-racism free card in this election. There is no papering over the sexism and racism that has infected this campaign. If you believe in equality, there is no voting for Trump.

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