Democracy or Bust! A Comparative Analysis on Trump Authoritarianism
The focus of this paper is to compare the authoritarian and populist tendencies of Former President Donald Trump with those of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and Vladimir Putin and how they use them to consolidate power amongst their supporters. I examined campaign speeches, press conferences, and social media posts to find that they each share tendencies that create fear and hostility to those outside of the homogenic group due to the leader’s narratives. Moreover, the three share election tendencies that interrupt the democratic process. I used a chronological approach to analyze the three leaders by showing the different stages of authoritarianism they are all in. Putin already has full control of Russia, however, AMLO and Trump are still on the borderline of being considered authoritarian leaders.
Trump, authoritarianism, Trump authoritarianism
McKinion, T. (2023). Democracy or bust! A comparative analysis on Trump authoritarianism. Honors College, Texas State University.