It is admittedly kind of strange.
Social media users are in a heated debate about whether the works of Ingersoll Lockwood were actually a prophecy about President Trump's rise to the White House, the Express reports.
Users of Reddit and 4chan claim to have found evidence backing up claims the 19th-century author may have known what would happen at the last US presidential election and possibly beyond.
Some websites have even speculated if Donald Trump is a time traveller who was around at the time of the works being penned, and detailed what was to come to the author.
Lockwood was an American lawyer, political writer, and novelist, who wrote two fantasy novels about Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian von Troomp - referred to as Little Baron Trump, and his dog Bulger.
Little Baron Trump, a highly-imaginative child, is the main character in The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and also His Wonderful Dog Bulgar and Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Journey.
The stories tell how the boy and his dog leave “Castle Trump” for a journey underground to explore a theory that the earth is not solid, but full of people chased down there by “terrible disturbances.”
Before setting out on the quest, the boy’s father reminds him of the Trump motto – “the pathway to glory is strewn with pitfalls and dangers”.
Remarkably, the journey takes the pair to the Ural mountains in Russia.
However, the third novel he wrote tackles the coincidences of names and places to new heights.
In 1896 Lockwood published a book called 1900 or The Last President.
It starts in New York City on November 3, 1896, with an announcement of the newly-elected president.
Strangely, he is an outsider candidate said to represent the “common man,” amid claims he will liberate the people from the bankers - an anti-establishment candidate as Mr Trump was billed as being.
In the first page New York is in turmoil from protests and riots at his election.
Protesters led by anarchists and socialists threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have "wronged them for so many years.”
The book says “the Fifth Avenue Hotel will be the first to feel the fury of the mob”.
Newsweek, in the US, claims Trump Tower now sits where The Fifth Avenue Hotel used to be.
Even debunking website snowflake Snopes.com has been unable to kill off the coincidences.
Also, a July 1990 comic strip in Heavy Metal magazine featured a controversial wall in New York City, built by Donald Trump, and a populist "rise to power" by the future president.
In September 2017, there was renewed interest in a 1990 comic strip by the artist Peter Kuper, which appeared to preempt current events by featuring the construction of a large, controversial wall by Donald Trump, as well as a populist “rise to power” by the future United States President.
The comic strip, titled “The Wall,” is authentic, and was published in Volume 14 Number 3 of Heavy Metal magazine in July 1990. Its existence has gained new interest because Trump began his 2016 presidential election campaign partially on the basis of a pledge to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.
After his election in November 2016, Heavy Metal magazine ran a feature article on the then 26-year-old comic strip, offering this summary:
“The Wall” begins with a disavowal of well-known lines of “The New Colossus,” the poem associated with the Statue of Liberty. In this story, we’re living in a divided city [New York] where the haves and have nots can barely relate to each other. In fact, the cultural and economic divide has been made real in the form of a wall to “keep the peasants at arm’s length.”
Law enforcement had been overwhelmed; the cops were running for their lives. So, a wall: The brainchild of Trump and [real estate mogul Harry Helmsley]. But the relationship between these two egomaniacs can’t last, and in a fit of rage Helmsley carries out a purge called the “Night of the Long Skates.” All Trump’s associates are wiped out, and Trump himself escapes into the NYC sewer. But Trump plots his revenge.
…In this story, [a pro-Trump group called the Guardian Demons] band together in their hats, led by a Messianic Trump who convinces his followers that Helmsley is the reason for the unemployment and poverty they face. The mob carries Trump to a humiliating victory over Helmsley, a feat Trump promises to commemorate with a monument…
The “People’s Monument” promised by Trump is yet another wall. The final panels of the comic strip show a graffiti artist spraying “Dump Trump” on the wall – a slogan popular in 2017 among the President’s critics.
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