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 a wall. History not subtle enough for you? GUESS THE GRIFTER'S NAME
(And watch until the end) pic.twitter.com/6FA3p6KC00
— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) January 9, 2019
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 tricks a town of suckers into building a wall until . . . spoiler alert . . . he’s ARRESTED. Worth watching all 2 minutes 18 seconds. https://t.co/eokgqnUpRp
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 10, 2019
This scarily prophetic TV show from 1958 (Trackdown) predicts:
✅ a balding con man named Trump
✅ invents a dangerous threat
✅ tricks town into giving him money
✅ holds a rally in his honor
✅ says he will “build a wall”
✅ is eventually arrestedpic.twitter.com/lkP8fHzAh2
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) January 10, 2019
This is so funny.
— Impeach the MF💪🌸 (@Brasilmagic) January 10, 2019
Holy crap this is eerie
— Great Scott! 🇺🇸 (@ScottFrazier19) January 10, 2019
What the donk… I’m done, reality is blurring, real world foreshadowing and allusions, scripted responses, and I’m pretty darn sure I dreamt of triangles last night… I’M OUT!!! pic.twitter.com/sucEwZ66A6
— Jo Hartman (@inkedmenagerie) January 9, 2019
And the parallels go well beyond the namesake and false prophecy.
Walter Trump looks remarkably similar to Fred Trump, the president’s father.
That dude looks like Fred Trump too.
Fred Trump was 53 in 1958. pic.twitter.com/0T9HYUwiX7
— Batman (@Batmancanseeyou) January 10, 2019
Fred Trump was a well-known real estate developer in the 1950s, so the namesake probably not a coincidence.
This actually makes me feel better, there’s a chance the writers knew Fred Trump. Because the alternatives makes me question reality.
— Sam (@samuel_O_G) January 10, 2019
Fred Trump the slumlord, reviled by many in NYC back then. Woody Guthrie wrote him into a song back in 1950. https://t.co/88YXSa73vL
— Moisés Chiullán (@moiseschiu) January 10, 2019
I'm sure the resemblance of the conman to Don's dad is more than coincidental… pic.twitter.com/YWQnK9Txf7
— M Neal (@IGotBoredToo) January 9, 2019
Though people have theories.
I mean, how on-the-nose can you get, really?
— Jman (@MinersLoveGames) January 9, 2019
I totally believe in time travel now.
— WhatATangledWeb (@Fenbeast) January 10, 2019
I’ve had this theory that time travellers end up writing for Hollywood cause no one would believe them
— Sara’s mouse (@surrealyo) January 10, 2019
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.”