The 20 year old cartoon that perfectly predicted the rise of Donald Trump

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Saturday 17 September 2016 10:15

While Donald Trump’s bid for the US presidency may be difficult to believe, one cartoonist saw it coming almost 30 years ago.

In a comic called Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau regularly satirised the billionaire’s political ambition.

Now, Trudeau’s prophetic tongue-in-cheek comics are circulating on Twitter.

In one comic strip from 1999, he depicts the Republican candidate running for presidency:

As you know, there’s been this amazing, amazing, amazing response to my candidacy! It’s unbelievable how amazing it’s been.

Now I know some of you guys choke on the fact that people love me – love me! Well, guess what – I could care less what you think!

As long as I’m a candidate, you have to cover me! Which is good for the Trump brand, which just gets bigger and bigger and bigger!

It’s a win-win-win for me! Because no matter what I do, I get phenomenal, amazing, unbelievable publicity! You have to give it to me! For free! You have no choice! You’re sheep!

Trudeau also predicted Trump’s second-biggest claim to fame as star of the US Apprentice TV programme – 15 years before it came true.

He told the Washington Post that one of the best bits of his job is drawing Trumps hair.

“Whenever I sit down to make sense of it, it never fails to engage. It’s an unknowable triumph of weaving, laquering and taxidermy, and I’ll never quite get it right," he said.