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Did John Lennon Anticipate the Election of Donald Trump?

Claim: John Lennon said in 1981 that the “only way out of the messes we’ve created” is to elect a businessman.


Example: [Collected via Facebook, February 2017]


ORIGIN:One prominent class of rumor associated with the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign was the notion that various prominent people had foretold the unlikely political ascendancy of Donald Trump decades in advance, everyone from President Ronald Reagan to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. In early 2017, another example of this class of rumor hit social media, holding that former Beatle John Lennon had opined in 1981 that “the only way we are going to get ourselves out of the messes we’ve created for ourselves is to find strong and independent leaders … perhaps a businessman.”

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