Donald Trump has tested positive for coronavirus last week, a twist some believe was predicted nearly 500 years ago. The US President has since left the hospital, and despite not being in the clear just yet, has downplayed the severity of his illness in a symbolic removal of his face mask at the White House. And with the President back in the 2020 US election race against Democrat candidate Joe Biden, many are wondering whether prophecies penned by the French mystic Nostradamus will come to play this November.
Nostradamus was a 16th-century apothecary and writer who many believe was a powerful prophet.
Nostradamus penned the majority of his supposed prophecies in the 1555 book Les Propheties.
The prophecies took the form of cryptic, four-lined passages or poems known as quatrains.
Over the years, conspiracy theorists have used Nostradamus’ writings to claim he accurately predicted the outbreak of World War II and the assassination of President John F Kennedy.
But did the French mystic have anything to say about the 2020 election on November 3?
One person wrote in a Twitter thread: “#Nostradamus predicted a #Trump2020 victory!
“Let me explain… It’s clear Nostradamus had visions of America towards the end. A future Super Power.
“Twin brothers fell followed by Fire ravaged everything… These visions may seem to be close in time to us now, but 1/3
“2/3 They are really decades apart from other.
“The fires and destruction Nostradamus visioned were not from the Towers of 9/11 but of a different point in time. A future time that would span from months to years.
“All revolving around November 3 2020. You see it now!
“3/3 A Trump victory will bring riots the likes we have not seen before.
“BLM, Antifa, etc will spread fires and destruction everywhere around the world! This was his vision.
“If Trump lost you think they burn everything? Nope! This means Trump wins 2020 according to Nostradamus.”
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The Twitter claims appear to reference a supposed Nostradamus prophecy, which has been linked to the 9/11 terror attack on New York.
The passage reads: “In the year of the new century and nine months,
“From the sky will come a great King of Terror.
“The sky will burn at forty-five degrees.
“Fire approaches the great new city
“In the city of york, there will be a great collapse,
“Two twin brothers torn apart by chaos while the fortress falls; the great leader will succumb;
“The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.”
Unfortunately for Nostradamus’ followers, the French mystic did not pen these words.
Instead, the hoax prophecy was originally penned after 9/11 by Neil Marshall, a student of Brock University, in an online essay exploring how easy it is to dupe the internet.
The passages have since been updated, adapted, and evolved by conspiracy theorists pushing hoaxes.
Sceptics will also agree Nostradamus was not a prophet and his writings are not genuine prophecies of the future.
Brian Dunning, a US science write, deconstructed the Nostradamus craze on an episode of his podcast, Skeptoid.
He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.
“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”
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