Norm-violating rhetoric undermines support for participatory inclusiveness and political equality among Trump supporters

Matthew E.K. Hall*, James N. Druckman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Over the last decade, the United States has seen increasing antidemocratic rhetoric by political leaders. Yet, prior work suggests that such norm-violating rhetoric does not undermine support for democracy as a system of government. We argue that, while that may be true, such rhetoric does vitiate support for specific democratic principles. We test this theory by extending prior work to assess the effects of Trump's norm-violating rhetoric on general support for democracy as well as for the principles of participatory inclusiveness, contestation, the rule of law, and political equality. We find that Trump's rhetoric does not alter attitudes toward democracy as a preferred system but does reduce support for inclusiveness and equality among his supporters. Our findings suggest that elite rhetoric can undermine basic principles of American democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2311005120
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume120
Issue number40
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Trump
  • democratic norms
  • elite rhetoric
  • equality
  • participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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