It may be that my problem is the word.
“Authoritarian” is rightfully a pejorative for a lot of reasons. As a term though, it’s been abused in excess of its literal meaning by the junk political science left. There, the liberal cool kids have for some decades used the word authoritarian to slur the Jesusland people for their pushback against immodesty and immorality in rock and roll and movies….. ie, pushback against cultural degradation, which is definitely ‘conservative’ say, but not “authoritarianism” or a preference for it. It never was that.
So you want to get all academic now and study authoritarianism as a preference for strongmen in times of acute societal duress where ambiguous outsiders / others are a fear… I accept the premise. But I sense among the junk political science left as well as the more serious but nonetheless biased academic left, they are conflating the Trumpians here with the trope they’ve always targeted for their projection contrast exercise, the aforementioned cultural conservative.
I don’t think that’s right. There’s overlap for sure, but it’s no better than coincidental, with the thing being that the Trumpians are not really conservatives. They are more of a feral political being.