Authority Figure

Bill Maher says Americans want an authority figure in the White House. He may be right, if there is a difference between an authoritarian and a figure head and an authority figure. Presumably, there is such a thing as authority, not necessarily associated with an author.

How much credibility did the Dude derive from claiming authorship of “The Art of the Deal” which he did not actually write?

To what extent is authoritarianism discounted, especially by people who do not read, because it sounds like something authors do?

Dominionism. Is there a more telling variant?