A 1958 TV Show Had an Unsavory Character Named “Trump” Who Promised to Build a Wall & Save the World

You're not watching an episode from the The Twilight Zone. No, this clip is from the 1950s western TV series TrackdownOr, to be more precise, it comes from a 1958 episode called "The End of the World." The clips features Lawrence Dobkin playing the role of "Walter Trump," a fraud who rides into town claiming, writes Snopes, "that only he could prevent the end of the world by building a wall." The episode ends, in case you're wondering, with the fear-mongering Trump getting placed under arrest. Freedom and sanity are restored. Hurray.

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  • John J says:

    I saw that last Saturday morning on Metv as apparently you did also and felt a little gobsmacked to have Trump be the bad guy, the snake-oil salesman of the piece. Magic umbrellas, indeed!
    Too bad Robert Culp didn’t get a chance to slap him around some.

  • brad says:

    The most notable difference: in the TV show is they have functioning public servants and public institutions that act on principle rather than political and financial expediency.

  • HarryTheHat says:

    Doesn’t he look a bit like Trump’s old man, Fred?

  • Ross lecompte says:

    Yep! He is a snake oil salesman .unlike the conservatives after after Obama’s election. My how we forget.

  • Ja says:

    The episode ends with Trump being shot.


    Editing it to say what you want it to say isn’t appropriate in my opinion. Like the ranger said in the episode “Your’re seeing what you want to see”

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