The action has alarmed authoritarian experts who point to parallels in the old Soviet Union as well as in Nazi Germany.
Prosecutors, historians and others worry that fomenting violence to overturn an election loss will become an accepted tool.
A conviction would send a message that Republicans believe that elections and the rule of law are foundational, but so far, leaders prefer to avoid the issue.
There have been recent and serious concerns about Myanmar, also known as Burma, backsliding into authoritarianism.
The comedian called the president an "overt fascist" and said a second Trump term would turn the U.S. into a "democracy in name only."
The president has also repeatedly spread misinformation seeking to delegitimize mail-in voting.
They rang alarms about the rise of authoritarianism in America in 2018. It's only gotten worse since then.
Autocratic leaders have obscured coronavirus data, cracked down on doctors and reporters, and used the health crisis to further erode democracies worldwide.
Authoritarianism experts worry that Trump could abuse his powers to try to disrupt the November election or delegitimize the result if he loses.
The coronavirus crisis could lead us down the path of authoritarianism or build a greener, more inclusive future.
Digital technologies for tracking people and monitoring outbreaks may be the only way out of the crisis — but misuse could aid a slide into authoritarianism.
How a new generation of authoritarians explains the president's coronavirus response.
Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat has an urgent message during the coronavirus crisis: Authoritarians like Trump don't care about human life. They care about power.
CNN’s chief legal analyst also explained the “chilling corollary” of Trump’s clemency blitz.
"We’re in the heads-on-pikes phase," warned Walter Shaub.
Orbán has attacked the judiciary, taken over the free press and led anti-Semitic assaults, including against a major university, but Trump praised him lavishly.
Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazilian democracy — and a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow.
The "Last Week Tonight" host signs off for the year with a terrifying warning about the not-too-distant future.
The elite media still can't figure out how to call right-wing authoritarians what they are.
“Brazil’s Trump” — who has praised dictatorship and promised a “cleansing” of his political opponents — will take charge of the world’s fourth-largest democracy.