Wrote another post about Russia. I talked about how Trump’s narcissism and the view of American exceptionalism have taken the focus away from the very serious issue of Russian propaganda/interference with the 2016 and future elections.
I see this playing out in a number of ways. First, authoritarianism grows from a perceived problem. Trump ran on the “problem” of a stagnant economy and immigration/general racism. The conservatives have found their champion. On the liberal side of things, Trump was the crisis since his inauguration. If every authoritarian feeds off some crisis or another, then it is inevitable for the United States to slide into the dark pit of autocracy.
It’s possible President Trump solidifies his power. It’s also possible he is removed from office. A much more subdued authoritarian waits in the form of Vice President Pence, a vaguely Christian politician who is eager to turn America into a theocracy. Okay, so those are two options. What else? Trump finishes out his term, and he’s ousted from the presidency by a democratic candidate. This democratic candidate doesn’t need to be anything special. We saw this in Alabama. No offense to Doug Jones or anything, but he seems about as mild-mannered as they come. In comparison to Roy Moore, Jones seemed like a saint by comparison.
So, democracy is saved by a left-leaning president. Not quite. In this scenario, if Trump is the crisis that helps to inspire authoritarianism, then is autocracy inevitable? That’s my worry. Feel free to post your thoughts below. I’d prefer it, actually.