In Berlin last year, David Holloway presented an interesting paper on paranoia in The Road and how it was analogous to the “hegemony of threat” in post-9/11 America. He also invoked (resurrected?) Raymond Williams’ ‘Structure of Feeling’ to describe how such end-of-days thinking permeates all manner of contemporary cultural representation and political discourse. So, in this sense, Trump is opportunistically riffing on something that is very much felt within the culture. I would say, however, that Trump’s image of American industrial Carnage is more in keeping with the movie version than the novel.