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Hollywood Predicted the 2016 Election, But We Missed the Signs

They saw it coming.

By Brenden Gallagher

Hollywood has a way of predicting the political climate of the future. Donald Trump is nothing new. Hollywood and history tell us that there have been many like him before, and there will be many like him to come. Films have also featured figures that bear a striking resemblance to Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and the other major figures in the Presidential election. Figures like those we’re seeing on the national stage today have recurred again and again in the artistic imagination: the rich demagogue, the rumpled populist and the ambitious centrists. These are all characters that we’ve seen over and over again on the silver screen before they arrived on the 2016 Presidential debate stage. Here is how Hollywood Predicted the 2016 Election.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Predicted: Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson

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