I realized today that the main reason why Trump doesn't freak me out is because he's not trying to be a dictator like so many liberals think he is, despite so many of his actions. He's just a trust fund baby given presidential power and hasn't turned off his businessman way of thinking (and likely can't). He's trying to run America more like a corporation, and corporations do have authoritarian elements— the board of CEOs and the president at the top, the investors, the managerial class, and so on, with the expendable workers at the bottom who need to be convinced not to work for the other guy (except in the national case, the "other guy" literally also co-runs the same company). Corporate types need to know all the bullshit phrases and slogans to get the workers at least half-motivated, and in the USA's case, that's a lot of pandering to the theme park ideas of what America was like (i.e. manly men mining coal, TV-sitcom-friendly nuclear families in Stepford, Church-going God-fearing people, a massive and well-respected military, and a complete 100% dominance over the world). I think of him as being the granddad who watches Fox News and has simple ideas to complex problems, except he became president and has consistently been in over his head.
Ultimately, however, I don't think of him as being a dictator or even a potential one because I don't think he even has the work ethic to be a dictator; he's about as likely to be a dictator as Obama was. It's his opening the potential for a future dictator if America isn't reinforced for the possibility via enabling the alt-right that gives me pause.
And as I've said in the India & Pakistan thread, the Hindutva movement is the kind of thing I fear the alt-right becoming. The alt-right is divided and scattered because its power base lies almost totally with trolls, some conservative nationalist Millennials, and a load of Baby Boomers, and it competes with mainline conservatism and centrism and "regular" far-rightism. They tend to be united because rightists usually are (contrast with leftists, who are almost always infighting with each other), but they aren't the same for the same reason monarchists, fascists, and anarcho-capitalists aren't the same despite often working together. Something like Hindutva has widespread support across India and actually is conservative politics in the country because it was fostered over the course of decades, essentially molding entire generations' viewpoints.
The sleazy businessman mindset is what separates Trump from the likes of Modi, who genuinely are politicians who believe in what they spout.