The Unfortunate Truth: Are We Stuck With Trump and Trumpism Until He Heads to Mar-A-Lago in the Sky?

Andy Ostroy
3 min readAug 7

Let me start by being perfectly clear: I am not in any way shape or form advocating or wishing for Donald Trump’s death. I’m not a religious man, but I have great respect for karma. Let him live a long and healthy life. Hopefully the long arm of the law is going to take care of the rest.

I am simply going to acknowledge reality. And the reality is that he’s 77-years-old, obese and grossly out-of-shape. He’s a junk-food junkie who doesn’t exercise. On paper, medically speaking, the odds of him living a much longer life are not in his favor. But…

…I also believe that because he’s a malignant-narcissist and sociopath, he does not internalize anything. He leads by id and lets it all out, immediately, like a petulant, impulse-control-lacking toddler. I don’t believe he experiences stress and anxiety — two common causes of many deadly health conditions — like the rest of us. So he may be in luck; he may be with us for a very long time.

Which brings me to my main point. We’ve seen how nothing has so far stopped the disease of Trump and Trumpism. Not his pathological-lying, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, corruption, treason, two impeachments, three (going on four) indictments, civil court finding of sexual assault, incitement of a deadly insurrection, and his attempt to overturn the election and overthrow the government.

In fact, the worse he becomes, the more trouble he gets into, the more his rabidly cultish base supports him. The more it loves him. The more it views him as the victim, not us or the rule of law. With Trump it’s not about policy. It’s a cult of personality, and he’s the star of the show. He’s their Jerry Springer. Their Elvis.

Trumpism is like a fever. A very bad, very high fever affecting upwards of 30–40% of the Republican Party and tens of millions of Americans overall. It won’t matter to them even if he’s convicted of federal crimes and ultimately yappin’ from a prison cell. He will still be their leader, and they will continue to follow. Just like the brainwashed Manson girls demonstrated devoted, blind loyalty to, and took orders from, Charlie from the LA courthouse in 1970.

Andy Ostroy

Director, producer, podcaster, writer, resistor, non-profit-supporter of women filmmakers