The people who are loyal to Trump are loyal not because they like him as a person but because they have something to gain from him. In an interview with The New York Times, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admitted that he embraced Trump “to try to be relevant.” So far, his plan has worked superbly — Graham has a recurring slot on Hannity. Once Trump is gone, however, Graham will no longer need the man he once dismissed as “the world’s biggest jackass.” He will find someone else to latch onto, and he will forget about Trump just as he forgot about John McCain.
Trump’s cult of personality is a cult of power-worshippers. “It is the place and power we bow to, not the man,” William Hazlitt wrote in his 1823 essay “On the Spirit of Monarchy.” When Trump is deprived of his place and power, people will stop bowing to him.
Trump’s post-presidency will be sadder and more pathetic than his presidency. His presidential library will be neither presidential nor a library. His memoir, if someone writes one for him, will be dreadful — ghostwritten, poorly written, replete with falsehoods and errors, and bereft of insights and useful information. His presidential papers will contain such statements as “Horseface”; “trade wars are good, and easy to win”; “a very stable genius”; and “your favorite President, me!” No mainstream public figure will want to be associated with his legacy.