In his first year, Trump has actively sought to implement his nationalist agenda with dubious results. Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") have failed, a so-called "Muslim ban" that limited visas to citizens of a list of predominantly Muslim countries has met repeated opposition in the federal courts, US foreign policy has been erratic and alienating to long time allies, multiple Trump administration officials have been forced to resign, and an ongoing investigation into Russia's role in the election has resulted in indictments and guilty pleas from former Trump aides and officials. He endorsed a pedophile in a special election for a vacant Senate seat in Alabama, but the pedophile was defeated just the same.
Donald Trump in The Disunited States of America
Even in 2097, decades after his death, the name of Donald Trump (Drumpf) "remained a byword for extravagant luxury" in the Home timeline. When Randolph Brooks jokingly said that the Crosstime domicile in the "quarantine alternate" wasn't up to the standards of Trump City, Justin Monroe thought of the pictures of Trump which showed him wearing clothes that looked funny and uncomfortable. Justin observed that these unappealing suits did not put off the pretty girls who were always clinging to Trump's arm.
This novel was written over a decade before Trump sought the presidency.
Donald Trump in "The Terrific Leader"
Under the rule of the Terrific Leader, the United States became an authoritarian regime. The Terrific Leader maintained a cult of personality to cement his rule, insuring his rule for years. The Terrific Leader established a policy of "America First" that rested on double-think. His slogan after several years of rule was "America is Great Again!", a slogan which appeared on the Terrific Leader's customary red ball cap. However, the Terrific Leader also publicly despaired of the ongoing crime and violence, routinely promising that they would end. He ordered a wall built on the country's southern border, which he later claimed prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country, slowed down gangs and drugs, and other "terrific" stuff. He also assured the American people that he respected the dignity of work and of working people, which trumped everything else.
The Terrific Leader's cult of personality was buttressed by tight control on the media and communications. Radios had to be authorized by the state, and televisors were issued to communities as a whole, not to individuals, to insure the American people were not exposed to wicked lies. The state spied on citizens in their homes. Even though villages found themselves in dire straits, facing freezing conditions in blizzards without sufficient food or power while villagers foraged for whatever they could get, the American people believed whole-heartedly in the Terrific Leader's personal strength, foresight, and beneficence. In other words, they loved him.
The Terrific Leader had initiated a dynastic movement. It was understood that either one of his sons or perhaps his son-in-law would succeed him.
While the Terrific Leader's real name isn't given, the character is obviously Donald Trump.
- George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States in OTL. Like Trump, Bush won in the electoral college, but did not carry the popular vote. Bush is also the only other president Harry Turtledove has written a story about while that president was in office.
- Jake Featherston, the fictional Confederate President in the Southern Victory series, who turns his democratic country into a dictatorship.
- Joe Steele, the American alter-ego of Joseph Stalin, who in an eponymous novel becomes a dictatorial president in North America.
- Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, who also created massive amounts of human suffering while destabilizing the geopolitical situation
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Barack H. Obama
|President of the United States|
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Willard Mitt Romney
|Republican presidential nominee|
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