Although Americans disagree over how strong government should be, they expect leadership in a crisis. Accepting her 2016 nomination by the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton remarked that Americans were facing many challenges, and they were anxious and sought reassurance from their leaders. Clinton offered a collaborative and consensual promise of “steady leadership.” Republican candidate and political novice Donald Trump, meanwhile, offered a more strident, traditional, paternal, and confrontational leadership style, with a more direct and contractual conception of politics. Trump openly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian governance. While Americans are traditionally leery of power concentrations, voters elected Trump and placed him in a position of great strength by voting for Republican Party majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
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