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The Trump Prophecy is a 2018 Christian Drama directed by Stephen Schultze, written by Rick Eldridge and Jimmy Hager and is a collaborative effort between ReelWorksStudios and Liberty University's Cinematic Arts program.

Adapted from the book The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow... and What He Says Is Coming Next, the movie is a retelling of the (alleged) true story of the book's author Mark Taylor (played by Chris Nelson), a firefighter suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after he fails to save the life of a young boy. He suffers from recurring nightmares of the event before he begins to have prophetic visions of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Seeing this as a sign from God, Mark and his wife Mary (Karen Boles), team up with Mary Colbert (Paulette Todd) to start a prayer movement to help Donald Trump become the next president of the United States of America.

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The Trump Prophecy provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Biology: When Taylor goes into a doctor's appointment to explain his recurring nightmares, the doctor tells him that he has "the hormones of a 70 year-old." While PTSD in real life is related to a hormonal imbalance, specifically stress hormones, that has nothing to do with a person's age.
  • Clueless Aesop: The film takes great pains to portray Donald Trump becoming president as a good thing because... because God said so. While the movie uses footage and audio from his 2016 presidential campaign, it conspicuously leaves out any of the actual policies or positions that Trump ran on.
  • Death of a Child: The movie starts with Taylor finding the burned corpse of a child, this being the catalyst for his PTSD.
  • Easy Evangelism: Taylor shares his dream journal to his doctor and his wife and they instantly believe that he is having prophetic visions.
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  • Nightmare Sequence: Taylor suffers from frequent nightmares related to fire and the boy he failed to save before they slowly transition into prophetic dreams.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: While Taylor isn't a veteran, his job as a firefighter has left its mark on him to the point where his boss puts him on paid leave and he is given medication to help him sleep.

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