GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump
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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump

Donald Trump is an unlikely candidate for president. He has no real political experience and endorses extremist views. Yet, the GOP frontrunner has had success with voters across all demographic lines. Political scientists point to the rise in authoritarianism in American politics as the driver of Trump’s success. Can authoritarianism explain the success of presidential candidate Donald Trump?

 We talk about American authoritarianism and the role fear plays in the political process with Vanderbilt University political science professor Marc Hetherington; Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University; and Syracuse University assistant professor of political science Shana Kushner Gadarian.