Opening Pandora’s box of tyranny


Did Trump tap into a voting base that’s complicit with authoritarian tactics? Brian Klaas, an American fellow at the London School of Economics, explores how Trump resembles a despot in his book “The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy.” On “Salon Talks” Klass breaks down how Trump successfully played into and won over a fringe group of Americans who respond to authoritarian tactics, as long as it lines up with their ideals, and why it’s a major shift politically. Klaas calls refers to part of Trump’s base as “latent authoritarian voters.”

Klaas explores how past political figures usually don’t smear opponents with ridiculous claims and how Trump has completely ignored the unspoken rule. Watch the full clip above to learn more and catch the full episode to hear more about Klaas’ book “The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy.”

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