Yet another piece of evidence* that the simulation we’re living in is buggy AF: an episode of the 1950s TV Western Trackdown has been found that featured a con-man named Trump, who promises to build a wall around the town to save them from certain death:
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.
The episode is filled with conversations that seem entirely appropriate to the debates of 2017. When Ranger Hoby Gilman goes to the local judge in an effort to get Trump arrested for fraud, the judge replies “In order to arrest him, a sheriff has to have a charge, and Trump hasn’t given him a thing to go on.”
The judge then goes on to point out that Gilman has no chance of convincing the scared townspeople that Trump is a con-man, because a big lie that scares people is a difficult thing to counter:
I know how you feel; maybe I agree with you. I know these people pretty well, and right now there’s nothing in the world that could change their mind…they’re not going to listen. You may as well try to spit out a forest fire.
It’s a funny thing – when we were kids, we were all afraid of the dark. And when we grew up we weren’t afraid anymore, but it’s funny how a big lie can make us all kids again.
(* Just last month we posted about this 19th century science fiction novel about a boy named Baron Trump.)
- 19th Century Science Fiction Author Wrote a Book About a Boy Named Baron Trump Who Travels to Russia, Followed by a Novel Titled ‘The Last President’
- WTF? This 1949 Science Fiction Novel by a Legendary Rocket Designer Names the Leader of Martian Civilization as “Elon”
- 1959 Comic Featured ‘The Face on Mars’ – 17 Years Before a NASA Probe’s Famous Photo
- Meeting Their Makers: The Strange Phenomenon of Fictional Characters Turning Up in Real Life