By Barbara Collins
The 2016 U.S Presidential election will go down as one of the most pivotal and memorable elections in the History of the United States. The cause of all this ruckus? Who else but the king of New York, billionaire, real estate mogul and presidential candidate, Donald H. Trump. But can we really pretend that pop culture didn’t predict this? Here are some not-so-subtle hints that were warnings against Donald Trump;
Lex Luthor; the richest man in Metropolis
I’m not saying that Trump is a villain, but most times he pops up on the villain radar due to his actions. He is comparable to Lex Luthor who is portrayed as the richest man in Metropolis. Luthor uses his wealth to finance criminal activities and avoid getting caught. His name is on every product and is likened to the popular ‘Trump’ name which seems to be just about everywhere. Lex Luthor even runs for president which is a move to use his presidential powers and destroy Superman. Running for presidency to fulfill personal vendettas, sound familiar?
MAD Magazine predicted a run for an electoral seat, but a presidential candidate?
MAD Magazine rated Donald Trump at the top of their annual 20 dumbest People, Events and Things list for the year 2015. But they were onto him long before. As narrated by MAD Magazine, back in 1988 before Trump’s political ambitions, he tears apart his opponent George Bailey just like he did with Bernie Sanders recently. Trump later features as a ‘super hero real life character’ Captain Avarice whose egotistical manner and rich upbringing spur him to running for an electoral seat. This is a fair warning about a narcissistic and powerful man running for a seat and winning, that is Trump.
Freddie Krueger; everyone wants to be a monster
Pop culture aced it with ‘The Nightmare on Elm Street’ with the horror character Freddie Krueger. The creator of the character Wes Craven once said at an interview that wearing the character’s mask and t-shirts yielded power over him. The public did this with Trump, demanding more action like his carefree comments against Bernie Sanders and Jeb Bush. The media ate it up as always. But after his nomination, people started doubting their support. You do not root for the monster; you wait for the hero to swoop in at the end of the movie and save everyone.
His nuclear ambitions resemble Stephen King’s horror film character
In Stephen King’s movie “The Dead Zone”, the star ‘Johnny Smith’ survives a near death experience and a coma and wakes up with the power to predict the future. He comes to know that a newcomer to the political arena and an egotistical maniac Greg Stillson will take the presidency under the House of Representatives. Problem is, Stillson believed that all Americans were with him on the topic of nuclear aggression and would start World War 3 once in power.
The same aggression is seen with presidential candidate Donald Trump when asked about ways to launch nuclear warheads and gets very excited. He seems to be waiting to get his hands on the nuclear codes and throw his weight around. Also, his unreasonable claim to build a wall across the border and have Mexico finance it is absolutely crazy. Much like Stillson’s plans to get rid of all pollution with in six months by putting it in bags and sending them to space.
To me, Stephen King’s character is the most accurate account of pop culture warning us about Donald Trump long before the avalanche started rolling downhill.
Written by Barbara Collins, inspired by reading https://trumpbook.nationalmemo.com/
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