They say that life imitates art.
They’re right, I guess.
Way back in 1958, in the days of black and white TV, there was a show called Trackdown. It was a Western, but it didn’t stick to cowboys and Indians. It also included timely problems like whether or not there were UFOs and little green men.
The Huffington Post reports that there was one episode aired in 1958 with the title, “End of the World.” The big danger that threatened the earth was a “cosmic explosion.” Everyone was scared to death.
Along comes a con man, a snake oil salesman, who promises to be their savior. He tells the crowd:
I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.”
I bet that sounded familiar, didn’t it?
It gets better.
When the people are unsure of what to do, asking each other how to proceed, the con man says:
You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.”
Yes, ladies and gentlemen! This con man tells the people of the town that he alone can save them. He even says, “Trust me.”
And he will save them by building a wall, no less. Amazing!
The best part of the story, though, is this.
The con man’s name was Walter Trump.
No, I am not making this up.
Fifty eight years ago a TV show presented a con artist named Trump who promised to save the people by building a wall. When the good guy, the Texas Ranger, tried to expose the con man, Trump threatened to sue him.
Isn’t that fabulous?
And just in case you were wondering, the show actually ends when the Ranger triumphs over the con man and he meets his demise.
You can find the highlights here.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab.