A private email from a friend regarding a Facebook post: “Authoritarian? Really? I know Trump is pretty hard right. Even too hard right for many in his own party. But I am not sure sure Authoritarian is the right term. Not yet, anyway”
Sam Wang over at PEC has put together an authoritarian checklist. And as of 20 September 2020, Trump had checked off each item on it.
So, to answer the question, “Authoritarian? Really?”