Eighty years ago, Sinclair Lewis published It Can’t Happen Here, a nightmare tale of the 1936 presidential election gone wrong. In the book, the Democratic nomination went to a populist demagogue called Buzz Windrip, not to FDR as it actually did, and Buzz went on to win the 1936 election. He promptly established a fascist dictatorship along European lines with the help of paramilitary volunteers.
After Trump’s “bar the Muslims” speech, Buzz-Donald parallels have become unavoidable. At least one commenter pointed out the similarity last July. It’s going to gain currency now that Trump is officially a “fascist.” (But where are his Minute Men?)
Too bad there is only one living Nobel Prize winner in American letters, Toni Morrison, and it’s unlikely she would even consider a novel with Trump the protagonist. The literary minded will have to make do with JK Rowling’s tweet: “How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad.” As Trump, that is.