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Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Did President Trump's dad inspire the 1958 TV episode about a conman named "Trump"
Source: Talking Points Memo
The 1950s Western drama Trackdown went viral this week because it featured a villain named Trump who tries to sell a "wall" to hysterical townspeople. But was it a coincidence that the conman was named "Trump"? Josh Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo couldn't find a direct connection between the show and the Trump family. But he argues that Donald Trump's dad, real estate mogul Fred Trump, was already somewhat famous, or infamous, by the time the episode aired in 1958. Marshall also points out that the actor who plays Trump, Lawrence Dobkin, bares some resemblance to the elderTrump.
Posted Thursday 1/10/19 at 1:34PM EST
1950s TV show featured a villain named Trump who promised to save the world building a wall
A May 1958 episode of the CBS Western TV series Trackdown, starring Robert Culp as a Texas Ranger, featured a conman character named "Walter Trump." “I bring you a message, a message few of you will be able to believe. A message of great importance," said the Trump character, played by Lawrence Dobkin. "A message I alone was able to read in the fires of the universe,” faux Trump says. “And at midnight tonight, without my help and knowledge, every one of you will be dead.” Snopes originally found the clip, and critics of President Trump called the clip the ultimate case of life imitating art. ALSO: The Daily Show uncovers a 2004 speech in which Trump urges people to climb over walls.