There seems to be a common thread in a lot of (Western) people's perceptions of Turkey right now:
1) the idea that Erdogan is a dictator, and, simoultaneously,
2) the idea that a majority of the Turkish people want this to be the case, and they're directly responsible for his actions
Last time I checked, being a dictator involves having power that isn't given to you by the people. I certainly don't agree with Erdogan or any of his actions but I don't think this simplification is helpful in talking about Turkey's problems.
Trump gets elected and Americans clamor to figure out why the voter turnout was the way it was and what can we do about the Electoral College and did someone hack the voting machines and which demographic - was it the poor whites or the middle class ones? - but when something happens in another country that you can label authoritarian and mix it up with a patronizing mention of foreign rape culture/Islam, there's no analysis, no history, just "They wanted what they got and maybe they deserve it."
I'm ranting, I know, and I'm not trying to attack this article in particular or anyone here, and I can't offer any better analysis on Turkish politics, I just see a trend—I feel like Western media, mainstream and otherwise, needs to get its shit together when it comes to Turkey. (and a lot of other things, but that's another discussion.)