"The Baron Trump Adventures"
The internet going bonkers for time-traveling Trump
Will a series of bizarre Victorian-era novels soon reach the big screen?
By Ray Cunneff
October 7, 2017
This summer, a number of internet sleuths stumbled upon a series of largely forgotten science fiction-fantasy novels being re-marketed as "The Baron Trump Adventures". Now second-string filmmaker and Donald Trump supporter Leigh Scott is seeking funding to bring them to the big screen ala the "Harry Potter" series.
First published in 1889,"The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulger" and its sequel, "Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Adventure", written by American lawyer and political writer Ingersoll Lockwood, were generally dismissed as poorly written fanciful books for children.
One Baron Trump reviewer wrote in 1891, “The author labors through three hundred pages of fantastic and grotesque narrative, now and then striking a spark of wit; but the sparks emit little light and no warmth, and one has to fumble for the story.”
Originally presented as a wealthy young German aristocrat, Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp, better known as Baron Trump, who lives in Castle Trump, frequently marvels at the size of his brain, brags about it to leaders of as yet-undiscovered lands both above and underground, and once sued his tutors for all that he had taught them. And won.
"Three portraits showing the wonderful growth of my brain."
He seldom fails to mention his superior intelligence during his frequent dalliances with exotic foreign women from undiscovered countries before casting them aside to pursue his next adventure.
But by the time the final book in the series, "The Last President" was published in 1896, the parallels to Donald Trump had become positively bizarre, suggesting some kind of weird, time-travel foreshadowing.
"The Last President" begins with a scene from a panicked New York City after the surprise election of a widely despised insurgent candidate, angry mobs protesting what is thought to be a corrupt and unethical election. "The entire East Side is in a state of uproar," police officers shouted through the streets, warning New Yorkers to stay indoors for the night.
"Mobs of vast size are organizing under the lead of anarchists and socialists, and threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have wronged and oppressed them for so many years."
"The Fifth Avenue Hotel will be the first to feel the fury of the mob," the novel continues, citing an address in New York City where Trump Tower now stands.
"Would the troops be in time to save it?"
Needless to say, in recent weeks Donald Trump devotees on sites like Reddit and 4chan have been both joyously and ominously sharing images and conspiracy theories, some claiming the books are proof that the Trump family members possess a time machine that has kept them rich and powerful over the centuries.
Before leaving on his journeys, Trump likes to repeat the family motto:
"The pathway to glory is strewn with pitfalls and dangers."