When Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the jaws of both those who voted for him and those who didn’t collectively hit the floor. After all, the polls, the pundits, and the politicians all said a Trump victory was impossible.
There was, however, at least one person who foresaw the election outcome… and he did so way back in the 16th century. That’s right: famed French psychic Michel de Nostredame — better known as Nostradamus — may have predicted that Donald Trump would win. Take a look…
Despite what most pundits, polls, and politicians predicted, real estate mogul and businessman Donald Trump ended up victorious in the 2016 election. Yet, right up until it happened, “President Trump” just didn’t appear to be in the cards.
When Donald Trump ended up winning the election by way of the electoral college, many people had to face the fact that they were wrong. It showed that you can never truly trust predictions as much as you’d like. Unless you’re Nostradamus, that is…
You may have heard of Nostradamus. In 1555, the French medic and self-proclaimed prophet published a book called Les Propheties, in which he wrote quatrains that allegedly predicted the future.
Logic suggests his book was a sham, but when some folks read the seer’s predictions after the 2016 election, they saw one quatrain that was pretty darn accurate — and it predicted President Donald Trump.
For instance, nearly five centuries ago, he wrote: “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.” Sound familiar?
Those who elected Donald Trump for “governor of the army” often pointed to his “shameless” and “audacious” speeches as a big reason why he won their vote. Meanwhile, his critics felt the “boldness of his contention” created a “city faint from fear.”
And while this may seem like one of those situations where people are taking words and molding them to mean what they want, take a look at some of these 9 other predictions Nostradamus somehow nailed…
1. The French Revolution: Nostradamus wrote, “From the enslaved populace, songs, Chants and demands, while princes and lords are held captive in prisons. These will in the future by headless idiots be received as divine prayers.” Eh?
Lower-class citizens — an “enslaved populace” — took over Paris during the revolution between 1789-1799 and made demands from “lords” and “princes.” They used the guillotine and infamously lopped the heads off traitors, making them “headless idiots.”
2. September 11th attacks: Nostradamus wrote, “Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth, Will cause tremors around the New City, Two great rocks will war for a long time, Then Arethusa will redden a new river.” Spooky, no?
On the infamous day, two towers — or “great rocks” — fell in New York City after al-Qaeda flew planes into them. Afterward, the United States was indeed at war “for a long time.”
3. The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nostradamus wrote, “Near the gates and within two cities, There will be scourges the like of which was never seen, Famine within plague, people put out by steel, Crying to the great immortal God for relief.”
When the United States dropped atomic bombs (never-before-seen scourges) “within two cities” of Japan, survivors cried out to the heavens for relief. After the war, Japan suffered through famine.
4. Louis Pasteur: Nostradamus wrote, “The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries. Pastor will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure. This is when the moon completes her great cycle, But by other rumors, he shall be dishonored.” What’s the deal?
“Pastor” was celebrated for finding breakthroughs in vaccinations — something “hidden for many centuries.” In 1995, a historian Gerald L. Geison argued Pasteur might’ve stolen his rival’s research, “dishonoring” himself in the process.
5. The assassination of John F. Kennedy: Nostradamus wrote, “The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt, an evil deed foretold by the bearer of a petition. According to the prediction, another falls at night time. Conflict at Reims, London and a pestilence in Tuscany.”
After receiving numerous death threats — or petitions — Lee Harvey Oswald shot the “great man” with a gunshot that rang out like a thunderbolt. “Another falls at night time” might’ve referred to Kennedy’s brother, Bobby.
6. The Great Fire of London: Nostradamus wrote, “The blood of the just will commit a fault at London, Burnt through lightning of twenty threes the six: The ancient lady will fall from her high place, Several of the same sect will be killed.” What happened?
In 1666 (20 threes are 60, add “the six” for ’66), Thomas Farriner committed fault when a spark at his Pudding Lane bakery set a fire that gutted the city. “Several of the same sect” were killed in the blaze.
7. The Death of King Henry II: Nostradamus wrote, “The young lion will overcome the older one, On the field of combat in a single battle; He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage, Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.” Huh?
King Henry II of France died when the Comte de Montgomery — six years his junior — stabbed him with a lance through a visor (a golden cage). Splinters from the lance cut his eyes and temple (two wounds made one). He died in agonizing pain.
8. Charles De Gaulle: Nostradamus wrote, “Hercules become king of Rome and of Annemarc, a man named De Gaulle is a three-time leader; Italy and the waters of Venice will tremble, He will be renowned above all monarchs.” Wow?
Charles De Gaulle led the Free French Forces, then he became prime minister of the temporary post-WWII government. Then he became the first president of the French Fifth Republic — literally, a man named De Gaulle became a three-time leader!
9. King Philip II of Spain’s Reign: Nostradamus wrote, “For seven years Philip’s fortunes will prosper, He will reduce the Arab army, Then, halfway through, things will perplexedly turn against him, A young onion will destroy his fortune.” Meaning?
Some speculate the “seven” here refers to the Biblical seven, meaning a long time. ‘Cause he ruled a long time and amassed great wealth. In 1587, his alliance with England ended after Mary Queen of Scots was executed.
Of course, you can make vague statements apply to any situation with enough willpower. But it’s fun to speculate that ol’ Nostradamus might’ve actually seen a glimpse into the future.
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