This Television Show Predicted Donald Trump . . . in 1958
Of all the books and movies that presaged the rise of our reality-TV president—Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here; Neil Postman’s 1986 polemic Amusing Ourselves to Death; Mike Judge’s 2006 sci-fi satire Idiocracy—none are so eerily on the nose as this once-obscure, 1958 episode of Trackdown in which a demagogue named Trump attempts to convince a town that only he can save its citizens from the threats outside their borders . . . by building a wall.