Has Donald Trump’s campaign and eventual rise to power ever seemed like a bad television show to you? It seems you were more correct in that thought than you knew. On Monday, Snopes confirmed that a 1950s episode of a TV Western show eerily predicted the rise of Donald Trump.
According to the fact-checking website, the series Trackdown really actually had an episode in which a snake oil salesman named Trump came to town, sowed seeds of fear, and then capitalized on the paranoid atmosphere he created to (almost) successfully take over. But the similarities go deeper than that. When criticized for being a liar, “Trump” threatens to sue in response. Even the rhetoric is an almost perfect match to the President-elect:
Narrator: Hoby had checked the town. The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.
Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing can penetrate.
Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?
Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.
Yes, that’s right: even “the wall” made it in there. Now let’s compare this to something Donald Trump actually said:
I am your voice, said Trump. I alone can fix it. I will restore law and order.
That statement caused Donald Trump’s fans to erupt in “build the wall” chants.
In the end of the Trackdown episode, Mr. Trump was arrested. Maybe there will be a happy ending to our real-life bad TV show after all. No matter what, you’ve got to admit “the high priest of fraud” is kinda catchy.
You can see it for yourself here: