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A '90s Novel About Political Corruption Predicted Donald Trump's Campaign Slogan

"Help us to make America great again."

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Back in 1998, esteemed author Octavia Butler published a dystopian novel titled Parable of the Talents.

The book, which is the second novel in a two-book series, deals with a character named Andrew Steele Jarret who is the Texas Senator running for president in the year 2032.

Jarret runs for office in the midst of the U.S. completely collapsing in a desperate state of affairs. According to Fusion, the novel's protagonist is worried that Jarret's possible presidency will only make matters worse — he is described as charismatic, hypocritical, and "a big, handsome, black-haired man with deep, clear blue eyes that seduce people and hold them."
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Jarret runs for office in the midst of the U.S. completely collapsing in a desperate state of affairs. According to Fusion, the novel's protagonist is worried that Jarret's possible presidency will only make matters worse — he is described as charismatic, hypocritical, and "a big, handsome, black-haired man with deep, clear blue eyes that seduce people and hold them."

And, as one Twitter user noted, Butler used a pretty recognizable phrase for the character's campaign slogan.

TMW you see a presidential slogan in a dystopian sci-fi novel set in 2032 being used today. #OctaviaButler #trump

"Help us to make America great again."

That sentence might sound vaguely familiar to anyone who's been following the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, or both.

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Because it’s almost identical to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

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H/T Fusion

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