After South Carolina and Nevada, many Americans might finally transition from pointing a finger at Donald Trump and laughing to realizing that the darkest timeline may exist, and there is a scenario in which he could win the nomination. This possibility has slowly been sinking in among those who obsessively track the election’s vitals. Many of those who predicted that Trump would have vanished from the race by now, his only solace the tens of thousands of hearts generated by his thoughts on Twitter, are currently imagining what it would be like if the next unthinkable event happens.
Some — garden-variety concerned citizens and those worried about what this means for the Republican Party alike — aren’t taking it too well.
What if Trump wins South Carolina? What if he wins the nomination? What if next year, the man who once sold the 5-star gourmet greatest steaks ever is now raising the stakes during his inaugural address? What if, after winning, he nominates himself for the Supreme Court and co–Vice Presidents Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin take over? What if he has the idea to turn the big, beautiful wall into a government-owned, border-spanning hotel and golf course? What if he accidentally starts a war by tweeting something about North Korea?
The wealth of hypotheticals allowed by Trump’s candidacy — when your platform is reduced to winning and making America great, there are many ways to interpret it — has turned predictions about our political future into a ready-made anthology of scary stories.
Here are a few of the worst-case scenarios that could happen if Trump were nominated or elected, according to elected officials, pundits, celebrities, and people already buying tickets to Canada. Some of these predictions seem unlikely — on the other hand, nearly every single prediction about Trump’s candidacy has been wrong, so maybe the world will end if Trump wins.
If Trump wins the nomination…
— “We should amend the Constitution to change the two-term limit to ‘canceling’ the presidency. … Gallup and Nielsen can make a deal on what point the Trump presidency gets canceled. And trust me, it’ll be real popular on re-runs.”
— “I’m moving to a farm.”