No indeed, you're absolutely right. Lots of Republicans are not unusually authoritarian - some are even downright libertarian and strongly opposed to authoritarianism. But Trump put authoritarian attutides firmly in the driving seat of the current Republican party ideology, and De Santis is absolutely in with that.Huh? DeSantis isn't overly authoritarian. Just because he's a republican that gets national coverage doesn't mean he's authoritarian.
No, it isn't (necessarily) authoritarian, that's the point. It's the lazy, peanut gallery assumption of what authoritarianism is, and the sort of error that real authoritarians gleefully exploit to attain power. The opposite of "liberty" is not "authority". I'm aware of the somewhat semantic nature of that argument, but it kind of really does illustrate the point.Kids not being able to play in the park is fucking authoritarian, there ain't no way in downplaying that.
Authoritarians can offer their people considerable liberties, as long as those liberties do not conflict with the authority's power and control. Restricting kids from playing in a park to prevent disease spread means pretty much nothing at all to an authoritarian, because it makes basically no difference to them. Banning political activists from assembling in a park for a protest, however... that's totally the realm of authoritarians.