Nostradamus predicted Trump’s shock election victory in 2016, or did he? Some passages bear eerie similarities to real events. What are we to make of this and what does it mean for the future fate of the world?
Sounding the Trumpet: Nostradamus Predicted the Trump Presidency
A Passage from Nostradamus’ Century 1, 40 states “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws.” Trumpet. Trump-et. Yes, I see how one would make that connection. But I’m not sure that Mr. Trump did a very good job of “concealing madness.” In fact, I would wager to say his madness was a key part of his overall election package. I have to say, my main reservation about Nostradamus is that his passages are general, ambiguous, and numerous to the point where it’s often possible to shoehorn select writings into almost any situation. But hey, let’s look first and judge after. Here’s another supposedly prophetic passage:
The great shameless, audacious bawler,
He will be elected governor of the army
The boldness of his contention,
The bridge broken, the city faint from fear
Shameless and audacious Mr. Trump certainly is. He’s also commander-in-chief, and his election occasioned a lot of incredible, almost apocalyptic hysteria (which has since abated… somewhat). Is the bridge the bridge of partisanship being severed with the election of such a divisive anti-establishment figure?
Nostradamus Predicted Hillary’s Failed Bid at Presidency
Here’s what Nostradamus apparently had to say about Hillary Clinton, a politician perhaps as loved and loathed as Mr. Orange.
The masculine woman will exert herself to the north
She will annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world.
Two failures will put her in such an imbalance
That both life and death will strengthen Eastern-Europe
She did exert herself in the global north. But did she really annoy nearly all of Europe and the rest of the world? Seems a bit harsh. Two failures will put her in an imbalance – is that her failure in the 2008 Democratic Primaries and then in the 2016 Presidential Election? The last line seems to say that Eastern Europe, and perhaps Russia specifically, will be strengthened in the global order no matter what happens to Hillary at this point. In other words, the implication is her power to influence the situation has waned.
Did Nostradamus Have Anything to Say About Trump and Russia?
Apparently he did:
The false message about the rigged election
to run through the city stopping the broken pact;
voices bought, chapel stained with blood,
the empire contracted to another one
False message about the rigged election could imply a vindication of Trump and his ties with Russia. Or, since there’s an ambiguity to the language, it could be that the election was rigged, but the message of how it was rigged is false and misleading, perhaps the result of intense partisanship. “Stopping the broken pact” could mean the final end of the American dream through war, racism, etc. Voices bought could be the Facebook ads and other election “influencing” media Russia paid for. Finally, “empire contracted to another one” – that’s Trump’s American regime cozying up with Russia, probably. I admit these predictions are a bit eerie when you put them side-by-side. However, as I said earlier, I think you can use a lot of Nostradamus quotes for different situations. “The masculine woman will exert herself to the north” could just as well be about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example. Ultimately, I feel like Trump trumps Nostradamus.