In his sweeping Foundation trilogy, Isaac Asimov describes the unexpected shocking rise of the Mule, a mutant with prodigious mental powers. Upsetting meticulous centuries-old plans for the Foundation to succeed the collapsing Galactic Empire, The Mule overwhelms the Foundation's formidable forces in five short years to set up his own empire. He is eventually neutralized by a hidden Second Foundation with mental powers superior to his.
Interestingly, the Mule travels around in the guise of a clown, Magnifico Giganticus. His deceptive antics mask his true capabilities. This second of a three-part essay compares Donald Trump to the Mule, the Foundation to the military-industrial complex and the Second Foundation to the Deep State. Part 1 is a background on Asimov's Foundation series. Part 3 predicts the inevitable fall of the American empire even if Trump is subdued like the Mule.