In an interview with Politico, Blight argues that America at the moment is more divided than at any time since the Civil War, and he says that many of the ingredients are in place for Trump to become another martyr on par with Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
"It's very similar to the Confederate Lost Cause," he said. "They have a set of passionate beliefs -- not facts, passionate beliefs. In search of a story -- in search of a history, in search of a leader, in search of anything they can attach to -- lost causes tend to become these great mythologies whose great conspiracy theories tend to explain everything."
And although Blight said that there need to be consequences for Trump's actions, he warned that those consequences could make the "Lost Cause" mythology surrounding him even stronger.
"If he's really victimized, in their view, by the impeachment trial or by prosecutions -- if he goes to jail for two years, like Jefferson Davis did -- God help us," he said. "He could come out the victimized saint of that Lost Cause. Even if it dwindles down to only a few million people, they could be extremely dangerous."