I started to reply to your comment and then after working on it off and on for a while I realized I wrote a book, sorry! :sweat:
I read an interesting piece on this stuff last night. It was about people with authoritarian tendencies and how they tend to vote for a "strong" leader like Drumpf when they feel threatened by some outside force. Right now we have internal social changes occurring all the time - changes that are long overdue but that freak out certain types of (usually) heterosexual, Christian white people, particularly males. Plus now you add in the extra threat of terrorism/ISIS/whatever, now they feel like they're being attacked from within and outside.
LGBT rights, women's rights, acceptance of non-Christian religions, movements like Black Lives Matter. and immigration/Syrian refugees are all agitating that portion of our population, and right-wing politicians capitalize on that by targeting white working-class and lower-middle-class people and manipulating them into voting Republican by telling them that "the minorities" are the reason why their economic standing sucks and the country is falling apart. Meanwhile, it's the corporations and billionaires who keep buying those politicians who are actually eating up all the money and making the country fall apart. They like a stupid electorate and so they deny the findings of climate science and social science and vilify intellectualism and cloak this backwards thinking in religious language so the target demographic eats it up instead of thinking about it too hard. People like me probably infuriate them more than anything - My parents raised me with all the groundwork to become an authoritarian, and if I hadn't gone to college and just.. exposed myself to different places and different opinions, I probably would be in their camp right now. I'm a white person on the very bottom rung of middle class; I'm who they want on their side. Having a lot of people attending higher education isn't in their best interest.
The article referenced a study that found there are people with authoritarian tendencies and also people with nonauthoritarian tendencies who can get "triggered" to vote like authoritarians by perceived threats to the safety of the status quo. This problem crosses party lines and is more about the perceived threat and loss of security than about real policy matters. That's why scared, mostly Caucasian people are clamoring for him even harder, the more filth he spouts out of his mouth. We need to fight the systemic ignorance that creates this attitude, because while there might not be enough of them to win a general election in the current two-party system (I hope!), there may be enough of them to fracture the major parties even more and cause us to end up with a 3-party system, which could further split votes and give them a better chance of winning seats, especially in Congress. And a Congress full of Drumpfesque Tea Partiers will do nothing but further obstruct progress, as the current Republican-controlled Congress shows us.
I like to think that Americans are smart enough to band together against candidates like Drumpf... I'm sure more will come out of the woodwork now that he's set the table, unless the parties take action against campaigns like his, but then the public is so fed up with party corruption that I fear that if they tried to enact commonsense rules against using fascism as a campaign promise, people would equate that with rigging the election. I want people to unite behind candidates like Bernie, who want to work towards a strong economy for all, social justice and civil rights, and the eradication of corporate money in politics, but my fear is that we're going to end up having to take a step backwards as far as social justice and civil rights, and rally behind candidates who compromise on some of those issues if we want to put a stop to the authoritarian threat. Which, of course, carries the danger that an antiprogressive candida