...but he's not going to upset the apple cart too much, because that doesn't help him.
I think he's done too much to his reputation to be a viable commercial product once he leaves office. He'll have his 35% loyalists. But, they will be "and rightly so" branded in a VERY negative light moving forward. His "brand" will be trash across the world. But, hey, he can sell hats for $19.95 on the internet.
Having 35% of America to sell to is a marketer's dream. That's 100 million chumps, eager to buy stuff from you. That's Trump's dream, and he can have it. If he stays out of jail and doesn't blow up the nation. He can control the second.
Trump is going to fail big time at any post-office venture. He MIGHT be able to make some money on a speaking tour, but even that will be muted compared to past presidents. He is tarnished. People do not love DONALD TRUMP...they love the idea of racism that he promotes, but that only goes so far as he has any power. He will be yesterday's news very quickly after the Inauguration of Joe Biden.
think personalized 'collector' guns, think time-shares, think [email protected] cruises, radio and tv shares, etc.
Nah. He won't be able to make much on that or ANYTHING. A couple things might start out hot, but the cult is busted when he loses, and the steam is really let out once Biden is inaugurated. He will be hampered further because he will be seen more and more as a loser. We are going to find out that he's not a billionaire. We are going to find out (in a way that even the delusional will understand) that he's not a successful businessman. He will have legal issues to fight. He had REALLY better mind his Ps and Qs after losing the election (and before even) lest there are additional charges that land him in prison for a very long time. He is for sure capable of trying something VERY illegal to try to retain power.
suckers don't abandon their heroes...to abandon their heroes is to admit that they were wrong to give their adulation in the first place.
What other politician has people flying giant flags from behind their pickups? Trump is a special kind of leader - he inspires passion that is hard to break. Obviously.
But sure, jailtime would change that.
Trumps victory and a Trump White House has signified victory and supremacy for his followers.
IF he loses, then pretty much all of that is gone over night.
They will no longer be able to fly his flag as a means of triumphalism.
people have flown the confederate battle flag for 160 years despite losing that war.
The confederate flag still pisses Libs off, a a Trump defeat will make him a laughing stock. It won’t have the same impact at all.
does anything piss libs off more than Trump?
Not when he's out of power. Democrats won't think about him at all after he's out of office other than to put some rules in place so another idiot can't ignore the law like he did. Trumpers won't be far behind in forgetting about him. They will get together with they racist Trumper families at the holidays and wax poetic about the days when they could be openly racist, but that's it. They won't be flocking to go buy Trump merchandise or to hear him speak. He'll be old news.
we'll just have to agree to disagree on this.
Trump has shown over 40 years that he is able to stay relevant.
Not in my lifetime has a politician so completely connected with his fans on a deep emotional level.
Not in my lifetime has a group of voters so utterly loathed the other and wanted a leader to focus that hate.
To me, this adds up to a long-term connection to Trump, and probably he will run again in 2024, if he loses.
but it sounds like we won't agree on this.