Remember that these ratings are put together by the center-right to right, neoliberal, pro-capitalist Economist Magazine. They rate countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua - certainly flawed (in the case of Venezuela under Maduro, better described as “incompetent”) democracies - as “authoritarian” while Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador as “flawed Democracies” - even though there is no better example of an utterly rigged-election-dictatorship than Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras.
And they even all but praise the election of Bolsonario in Brazil.
So, that this magazine would rate the US so low is remarkable - or maybe not. Trump is a capitalist fuck all right - but he is not the “right kind” of capitalist fuck.
And also, what is this “Economist Intelligence Unit” doing stealing the colors of libertarian socialism?