In a move that carries strong undertones of authoritarianism, President Donald Trump recently lashed out at his democratic rival Joe Biden after reports surfaced of the former Vice President speaking out against the Trump administration’s policies. After Biden recently declared that Trump and his team are taking a “very hardline authoritarian view of the office” on the campaign trail, the President fired back in an Tweet accusing Biden of being the “real authoritarian”. Trump went further in a speech the next day, attempting to cut Biden down for his “anti-democratic” criticism while insinuating that Biden was a secret member of an “extremist left-wing ideology”. The outrage stirred up by these comments has drawn attention to the hypocrisy of Trump’s political tactics, both in his attempts to silence his opponents and his resorting to personal attacks whenever he faces criticism. Trump’s tactic of attempting to spin the “authoritarian” label onto a man he is trying to defeat in the upcoming election further evidences this distasteful tactic. It is clear that the President’s recent behavior towards Biden speaks volumes about his disregard for democracy and the essential ideas of free speech. This disdain of democratic tradition and the principles of the constitution are especially concerning as we enter the election season with the President and his administration in control of the country. Trump’s attempt to portray himself as the champion of democracy may have been an attempted posturing, but it may also be a sign of a deep-seated disregard for the country’s democracy. Regardless of his motivations, it is essential that the American people recognize the danger of this behavior and work together to combat any efforts to discredit our democracy.