Donald Trump has become the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, and his take no prisoners attitude and shockingly innate grasp of the political realities of the world have made him a favorite amongst the drooling, insolent rabble of the country. While anyone who has seen trump speak could easily guess his position on immigration or his relative penis size, no one really knows what a Trump presidency would actually look like. Luckily for us, the visionary writer Frank Herbert saw Trump coming way back in 1965, and painted a prophetic picture of Trump’s future political legacy in his epic sci-fi series Dune.
Herbert probably knew Trumps name at the time, though through fear of a financially crippling lawsuit, thought it wise to change it to Vladimir Harkonnen. The name was created by combining Trump’s political Idol Vladimir Putin, real estate giant HAR, and the German word konnen, meaning power.
Just look at the Harkonnen banner, created to represent two tufts of orange hair arranged haphazardly to cover a deeply receded hairline.
Vladimir Harkonnen was also known to be addicted to surgical cosmetic procedures, many of which would result in skin infections. This would explain the eerie orange chemical glow Trump’s skin gives off, as well as the way it is seems to be draped over his skull like a damp paper bag.
So what can Dune tell us about a trump presidency? Here is a taste of Vladimir’s Leadership style as described by the Dune Wikia:
“Vladimir built upon the earlier success of his predecessors, gradually making House Harkonnen more successful through blackmail, subterfuge and treachery.
The Baron recognized efficiency and talent in people, and he has shown remarkable insight in knowing people. In addition to sadistic homosexual tendencies, Vladimir Harkonnen also harbored destructive personal inclinations.
As a leader of a Major House, Vladimir proved to be incredibly cruel, earning House Harkonnen its notorious reputation. He had no qualms in using widespread torture, murder and slavery to maintain power. The cruelty also characterized the way House soldiers and administrators handle subordinates and prisoners. And though he was generally cunning, his arrogance and intense hatred of House Atreides (Mexico?) proved to be his un-doing.”
Yikes. Just imagine him giving a military general instructions on how to deal with the rest of the world.
Or better yet, his first appearance at a UN meeting.
Hell, maybe that’s your thing, and I’ll be the first to admit it would be pretty amusing. But after the shock value wears off and the intolerant musings of a disturbed egomaniac become the norm from our national representative, the only thing we will have left to feel is shame and regret. So when election day rolls around, heed the warnings of Frank Herbert and remember, a vote for Trump is a vote for Harkonnen.