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This 1979 Stephen King novel is a chilling prediction of Donald Trump's rise

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by reedak, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. reedak

    reedak Well-Known Member

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    1. "The man is a clown. He goes charging around the speaking platform, like that at every rally [...] He's a clown, so what? [...] So people want a giggle or two. Even more, they want to thumb their noses at a political establishment that doesn't seem able to solve anything."...

    It would be easy to mistake that as an old quote about Donald Trump....

    Despite the similarities, that's actually a line spoken by a character in the 1979 Stephen King novel The Dead Zone.

    The man being referred to is the fictitious Greg Stillson: a ruthless salesman-turned-politician whose eccentric stunts and anti-establishment rhetoric helps him amass a huge public following.

    Basically, a man who goes from businessman (and real-estate broker) to politician and takes Washington completely by surprise....

    In The Dead Zone, Stillson generates interest and media attention by putting on a show. He works the crowd up into a frenzy, he bellows anti-Washington rhetoric, and he makes people laugh with his eccentricities....

    Ultimately The Dead Zone is a long way from an exact foreshadowing. The comparisons only go so far. It's just a story.

    But for a story published way back in 1979 — a full 36 years before Trump stood on a podium in front of four U.S. flags to announce his candidacy — it's chilling in its accuracy.

    Source: https://mashable.com/article/stephen-king-the-dead-zone-predicted-donald-trump/

    2. It is quite probable that Trump has read the story and inspired to model himself on Greg Stillson long before his election in 2016. This is not surprising because Dennis Hof, the late Nevada brothel owner, was also inspired by Donald Trump to get involved in politics.

    Like the "fake news" president, Hof was a "flamboyant, loud-mouthed guy". The late pimp fashioned himself as the "Trump from Pahrump" and vowed to "Make Nevada Nevada Again (MNNA)". He said his support was similar to the support Trump continued to receive after his "Access Hollywood" tape was released.

    Fortunately or unfortunately, the pimp was dead in October 2018, otherwise America may have a pimp as president one day. :)

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/24/politics/dennis-hof-nevada-brothel-owner-trump/index.html

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-inspired-pimp-dead-won-election-nevada-2018-11
     
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