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Doing Democracy: Trump’s Rhetoric Raises Fears of an Authoritarian Second Term

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Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on May 1, 2024. (Nic Antaya via Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid “is the most openly authoritarian campaign I’ve seen [from] any candidate anywhere in the world since World War II”. That’s according to Harvard political scientist Steven Levitsky, co-author of the book “How Democracies Die”. Trump’s stated plans include seeking revenge on political opponents, purging the federal workforce, ordering mass deportations, and deploying the military domestically. As part of Forum’s “Doing Democracy” series, we’ll talk with Levitsky and others about why democracy experts are sounding the alarm about a possible second Trump administration, and whether our institutions can withstand the upheaval.


Steven Levitsky, professor of government, Harvard - co-author with Daniel Ziblatt of the New York Times bestseller "How Democracies Die." Their latest book is "Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point."

Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host, "The Interview" podcast, New York Times; former NPR correspondent

Eric Cortellessa, reporter, Time magazine - He interviewed Donald Trump for a cover story in April.


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