The events of the past week in the United States were pressured by a President who has shown little regard for democratic norms and principles since his election in 2016. Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? How will this impact the Presidency in the long-term? Doug Becker speaks with Andrew Rudalevige and George C. Edwards III about Trump’s authoritarian legacy.

Andrew Rudalevige is Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. He is an expert in American political institutions and is the co-author of Managing the President’s Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation.

George C. Edwards III is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University. He is an expert in American politics and is the author of On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit.



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