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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:30 PM

I watched the 1958 Trackdown episode about Trump the con man.

The towns people were exactly like the Trump voters. It was creepy.

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Reply I watched the 1958 Trackdown episode about Trump the con man. (Original post)
shockey80 Saturday OP
hlthe2b Saturday #1
samnsara Saturday #3
dalton99a Saturday #2
cojoel Saturday #4
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Response to shockey80 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:33 PM

1. TPM's Josh Marshall wrote on this.. He makes a compelling case the episode is referencing

Fred Trump, first because Donald would have only been 12 at the time, because Trump was not a common name, and Fred was already making an ass of himself in NYC.

Should be on the TPM website...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:54 PM

3. i was thinking the same thing... trump was just a young boy and probably watched..

.westerns all the time. Trackdown is still on tv..thats where the Rebel originated from.

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Response to shockey80 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:34 PM

2. CBS News confirmed that the episode aired on May 9, 1958.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-trackdown-1958-tv-series-the-end-of-the-world-episode-build-wall/

CBS News confirmed with its internal archival department that the episode aired on the network May 9, 1958. It was written by the late John Robinson, who's credited on 18 episodes in the "Trackdown" series, which follows the adventures of a Texas Ranger as he "travels the Old West tracking down assorted killers, bank robbers, horse thieves and other evildoers," according to IMDb.

In the clip, Walter Trump, who is played by actor Lawrence Dobkin, claims he's the only one who can save the villagers from meteors by building a wall. Nearly everyone believes him, and fear grips the population. Trump threatens to sue Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman (played by Robert Culp), the only person who openly doubts him.

"I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate," said Trump, whom the narrator describes as the "high priest of fraud." "You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I'm here to tell you."

Trump eventually dupes the frightened population into forking over cash to start paying for the wall, and some even team up to rob a bank. At the end of the episode, as Trump tries to depart from the town, he's arrested and then shot by a villager he tried to conspire with.

A full version of the episode has also been uploaded to YouTube.

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Response to shockey80 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 12:57 PM

4. compromise solution for the ongoing shutdown

Give everybody who wants one (Trump voters) a paper parasol with some symbols on it and a metal washer tied to it. It will protect them (and their animals) from the dangers coming across the southern border. And they only have to pay $75 each, because Mexico will pay the rest.

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Response to cojoel (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:26 PM

5. Great idea.

We should hand them out at Trump rallies.

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