A series of books from the late 19th-century with eerie resemblances to the Trump administration has sent the internet into a tizzy.
The two books — 1893s “Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Journey” and 1896s “1900: or, The Last President — were written by Ingersoll Lockwood, an American political writer, lawyer and novelist long before the Trump we know today was busy making America great again.
But the connections between the books — one an illustrated children’s book and one a novel — and the current Trump administration are uncanny.
For starters, the main character in the first book shares a name with Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron, despite the differences in spelling.
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Baron, an extremely wealthy young man, lives in Castle Trump and sets off on an adventure to Russia to track down an alternate dimension, as a “master of all masters” named Don guides him along the way.
Throughout the book, Baron is depicted wearing lavish clothing. The character received a sequel called “The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulgar.”
Meanwhile, “The Last President,” another piece of Lockwood literature, draws obvious parallels to the 2016 election, as it takes place in a panicked New York City in early November as an unpopular candidate wins the presidency.
The book’s opening scene recalls the night Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election almost to a T, as it reads, “The people were gathered, light-hearted and confident, at the evening meal, when the news burst upon them. It was like a thunder bolt out of an azure sky: ‘Altgeld holds Illinois hard and fast in the Democratic line. This elects Bryan President of the United States!… They sat as if paralyzed with a nameless dread, and when they conversed it was with bated breath and throbbing hearts.”
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“The Last President” also references a hotel on Fifth Avenue being the center of a furious mob — the same location as Trump Tower, which has been the site of multiple protests since Trump was elected president.
Of course, the comparisons must be taken with a grain of salt. As far as the characters Baron and Don go, their names are simply titles. Baron’s real name in the books is Wilhelm Heinrich von Troomp, though he’s called “Little Baron Trump” because of his title.
Don, meanwhile, is a Spanish honorific that means “Mr.” — the character’s real name is Constantino Bartolomeo Strepholofidgeguaneriusfum.
The books first made the rounds on the internet on Reddit and 4chan, where users discussed conspiracy theories regarding Trump’s potential time travel abilities.
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And the books are no hoax — both are available to read in full in the Library of Congress archive.
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