Almost as old as the “what came first, the chicken or the egg” debate is the question — “does life imitate art or does art imitate life?” When Bill Watterson created Calvin and Hobbes, the classic story of a boy with a major imagination and his tiger, he probably didn’t realize that in one of his comic strips, that he would provide evidence that life does imitate art.
Or maybe he did.
In either case, looking at the story below, told in four panels, it looks like Calvin accurately predicted the MAGA movement.
Funny how life imitates art, isn’t it?
Of course, Calvin isn’t the only cartoon character to predict things like MAGA and Trump. The Simpsons had a famous episode where a “President Lisa Simpson” takes office right after “President Trump” leaves the country broke and broken. And indeed, the former POTUS added more to the national debt than both Obama and Bush before him.
Then there was the time when Mad Magazine, back in the early 90s, zoned in on Trump’s financial shenanigans.
But back to Calvin.
In the four panels above, Calvin and Hobbes fairly accurately predict the type of voter that Trump would exploit. Many refer to them as “grievance voters” — Americans who feel that everything is “rigged” against them and that the “government” represents everyone they despise.
Of course, Trump and his marketing team were right there to work that crowd into a frenzy. And that frenzy culminated in what America witnessed on January 6th when Trump’s MAGA supporters stormed the capitol in an effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump turned their rage without political knowledge into his weapon. A weapon he still discharges today when he still rambles on about voter fraud that never happened and projecting his own corruption on his political enemies.
Just yesterday, Trump and some of his cronies were caught on video holding a secret meeting on an obscure corner of his golf course. A meeting that looked like something out of one of Martin Scorsese’s mob movies like Casino.
Once again, just like Calvin and Hobbes, life imitates art.