Like much of America, you may find yourself occasionally asking if our timeline could get any stranger. Turns out, the answer is yes.
In 1958, an episode of the TV western Trackdown featured a character named Walter Trump, a con-man who promised to build a wall around a town to protect the residents from the impending end of the world.
The episode was posted to YouTube in November 2016 with claims that it predicted our current President Donald Trump.
The fictional Trump claimed that he alone could prevent the town from being destroyed by comets and that the inhabitants should put their faith in him, and only him, to ensure their survival.
Watch the clip below:
What the fresh hell. This is REAL. Filmed in 1958- about a conman who grifts a small town of suckers into building… https://t.co/NahiOpbzm7— Alex Hirsch (@Alex Hirsch)1547075720.0
And the full episode here:
"I bring you a message, a message few of you will be able to believe, a message of great importance, a message I alone was able read in the fires of the Universe," Trump proclaimed to the locals. "But be not afraid, my friends. I also bring you the means with which to save yourselves."
Trump told "those who want to be alive tomorrow" the world will end at midnight and that "without my knowledge, every one of you will be dead."
After one resident wises up to Trump's grift and complains to the sheriff, who is on Trump's side, Trump threatens to sue those who question his message. THe local judge also refuses to intervene.
Later on, Trump preaches to frightened residents as ominous narration helps set the scene.
Narrator: "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 will 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."
Trump is eventually arrested as he tries to flee the town in the dead of night.
The foreshadowing of our time is haunting, as the real Trump holds the country hostage over his desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to solve a crisis that exists solely in his head.
The similarities to today are obvious. But they get even eerier if we look a few years into the past. As a presidential candidate, Trump vowed to build a wall to protect the people of New Hampshire "who have a tremendous problem with heroin and drugs, you wouldn't even believe it."
Not a far cry from warning people about hellfire from above.
Watch Trump's scorched Earth speech below:
How else can I put this? 2019 is holding 2018's beer, and people are freaking out.
This is actually from a 1958 TV series, “Trackdown,” about a conman named — wait for it . . . TRUMP who almost tric… https://t.co/NwbUmqfv5T— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1547139683.0
This scarily prophetic TV show from 1958 (Trackdown) predicts: ✅ a balding con man named Trump ✅ invents a danger… https://t.co/jiLwE3AboH— Jules Suzdaltsev (@Jules Suzdaltsev)1547127137.0
@_AlexHirsch This is so funny.— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Vote Dem for the Planet)1547137824.0
@_AlexHirsch Holy crap this is eerie— great scott! 🇺🇸 (@great scott! 🇺🇸)1547105702.0
@_AlexHirsch What the donk... I’m done, reality is blurring, real world foreshadowing and allusions, scripted respo… https://t.co/v8ZbXKkxPJ— Jo Hartman (@Jo Hartman)1547075901.0
And the parallels go well beyond the namesake and false prophecy.
Walter Trump looks remarkably similar to Fred Trump, the president's father.
@_AlexHirsch @neddamnwahs That dude looks like Fred Trump too. Fred Trump was 53 in 1958. https://t.co/0T9HYUwiX7— Batman (@Batman)1547085974.0
Fred Trump was a well-known real estate developer in the 1950s, so the namesake probably not a coincidence.
@Batmancanseeyou @_AlexHirsch @neddamnwahs This actually makes me feel better, there’s a chance the writers knew Fr… https://t.co/mhqjrf41mD— Sam (@Sam)1547091115.0
@pramsey342 @_AlexHirsch Fred Trump the slumlord, reviled by many in NYC back then. Woody Guthrie wrote him into a… https://t.co/PTo1vMHjEn— 𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀é𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝘂𝗹𝗹á𝗻 (@𝗠𝗼𝗶𝘀é𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝘂𝗹𝗹á𝗻)1547097974.0
Though people have theories.
@luvsdsny @_AlexHirsch I mean, how on-the-nose can you get, really?— MinersLovePonies (@MinersLovePonies)1547077300.0
@MinersLoveGames @luvsdsny @_AlexHirsch I totally believe in time travel now.— WhatATangledWeb (@WhatATangledWeb)1547081540.0
@Fenbeast @MinersLoveGames @luvsdsny @_AlexHirsch I’ve had this theory that time travellers end up writing for Holl… https://t.co/io99WBYmzG— Sara’s mouse says Not Me, US (@Sara’s mouse says Not Me, US)1547083798.0
You may be wondering if this is all a hoax.
Thanks to Snopes, we now know this is all too real.
"A representative for MeTV, a Chicago network that airs reruns of Trackdown, confirmed that the episode was real," Snopes reported on Wednesday. "The rep said that the after Hoby tells Walter Trump that he is under arrest, the character gets shot by another character and may have been killed."