What is Trump’s Future When He Leaves The White House?

At this point? Likely in prison, or more likely, bankrupt (again) and left to trade on name recognition alone, starring in some sort of Reality TV show.

Bear in mind a few things:

  • First off, Trump is already in considerable legal trouble as it is. His Foundation is already looking to be dissolved by the Attorney-General for SDNY for financial crimes, and Trump himself has already been implicated for further financial crimes by Michael Cohen — and that, frankly, seems like the tip of a rather substantial iceberg. There’s very little chance that he ends his Presidency and goes on to lead a happy life. It’s far more likely that he ends up indicted for a laundry list of crimes that sees him end up in prison, unless he manages to obtain a Presidential Pardon (and that presupposing that they’re all federal crimes).
  • Beyond that…it’s already fairly well known that Trump is in significant financial difficulty, and in addition to having negative credit among US banks, is forced to seek credit from abroad — and it’s been suggested fairly consistently that he’s in serious debt (most of his fortune being tied up in real estate, rather than in cash solvency), and that much of that debt could end up being called in when Trump ceases to be politically useful.
  • Absent that, his intention in running for President (bear in mind: he never expected to win) was to ultimately launch his new Reality TV station (“Trump TV”), and I could easily see him trading on the popular support he has among the Republican Base to establish this post-Presidency. Suffice it to say, he’s not likely to just retire quietly once his term in office is over — assuming he avoids prison, chances are he’ll be plastered all over the TV with a reality show railing either at the ‘unfair’ treatment of his administration, or attacking the new Presidential administration that replaced him, particularly if it’s Democratic. Trump will be the new Alex Jones.

I think it’s fairly unlikely that Trump will follow the path of previous Presidents of quietly fading into retirement and with the occasional public appearance — he certainly won’t be able to cope without being the main topic of public conversation in the way he has been. I suspect we’ll end up with Trump TV on the air, right up until he has a heart attack induced by a horrific diet and lack of exercise.

Let’s face it: he’s not likely to accept anything less.

For myself, I’m curious as to whether an orange jumpsuit would complement or clash with his artificial skin tones.

Jerry Nelson spends much of his time poking Trump’s meth-addled, under-educated fans with a pointy stick and is currently writing a book of muskrat recipes as well as a scrapbook of his favorite death threats. His life’s aspiration is to rule the world with an iron fist, or find that sock he’s been looking for. Feel free to email him at if you have any questions or comments — or follow him on Twitter @Journey_America.

Jerry’s latest book, “The Trump Bathroom Reader,” is now available on Amazon.

Never far from his Marlboros and coffee, Jerry is always interested in discussing future writing opportunities.

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