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The Prince

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 14/03/2016 Victor Burt
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No.
I don't believe Trump can win a general election for the presidency of the United States.
There are too many blocs of voters that Trump needs to persuade and eventually turnout in order for him defeat a democratic nominee.
But that isn't the point.
Trump has activated (arguably) the most xenophobic, retroactive base of supporters this country has seen since the demise of the Confederacy. What's most intriguing is that he hijacked the GOP to carry out his mission of restoring America to it's rightful place as international front-runner. Moderate conservatives in New York must rally alongside conservative Mississippian extremists if Republicans punch his ticket and laud him as their nominee. This in turn will give validity and momentum to Trump's divisive rhetoric of vigilante patriotism.
Fast forward now.
Trump loses the election.
"The Don" returns to his Tupperware Kingdom of gaudy hotels and tawdry merchandise.
(Because in all actuality, I am hard-pressed to believe that Mr. Trump is concerned with nothing more than the popularity and appreciation for the Trump brand.)
And for a brief moment the balance in the force is restored.
But what of his constituents?
When the "Make America Great" hats find their new home atop the upper shelf in the hallway closet, next to the dusty Budweiser hat that hasn't seen the light of day in over 3 years.
When the "Trump for President" posters get rolled out to the curb for trash day.
Where does the spirit of the Trump movement go?
A German physicist named Julius von Mayer is credited with discovering the first law of thermodynamics. That energy is neither created nor destroyed. The conservation of energy law resonates when I consider these developments in American politics.
Donald Trump did not create the dynamics and the socio-political climate by which he now finds himself engulfed within. Neither will the convictions and Zeitgeist of Donald Trump's movement be destroyed.
It must go somewhere.
But where?
Several think pieces have likened this phenomenon to the age and rise of Hitler. And like many people I see some resemblance to these comparisons. However, I diverge because I believe that Hitler was both a narcissist and a nationalist. None of us question Mr. Trump's narcissism. I mean just look at those gigantic hands! But his nationalism is nothing more than inflated capitalism (read: opportunism).
My concern is not Donald, but the one who waits in the wings to capitalize on the flame that Trump has fanned. Trump may be King now, but the Prince may prove an even bigger adversary to the Union we strive to perfect.

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