Michele de Nostredame, known by his followers simply as Nostradamus, is credited with supernatural powers of clairvoyance and foresight. Nostradamus’s followers are convinced the French astrologers penned many predictions about the modern world in his 1555 book Les Prophecies. Among these supposed prophecies, it has been claimed, are predictions about the contested US election 2020 including who won the office of president.
So what did Nostradamus have to say about the US election, if he had anything to say at all?
According to rumours circulated online, Nostradamus foresaw the election’s results when he warned of a “false trumpet concealing madness”.
The words come from one of Nostradamu’s cryptic passages, which were penned in the form of four-lined poems or quatrains.
One person tweeted: “‘The false trumpet concealing madness, Will cause Byzantium to change its laws.’ – Nostradamus, 15556 from his quatrains.
“The said Nostradamus predicted #Trump to win again because he did not change the law of Byzantium (Greece) yet. btw Trumpet=Trump, Madness=well, you know lol.”
Until all the ballots are counted, many of which were mailed in before November 3, the outcome of the election cannot be decided.
Due to America’s Electoral College system, the result will rely on key battlegrounds such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia.
Republican election lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg said: “These are legally cast ballots or at least will be determined to be legally cast ballots by the appropriate local county and state officials.
“And for a president to say we are going to disenfranchise those legally cast ballots – it really is extraordinary.”
There is also no evidence to back claims Nostradamus’s passages were predictions of the future.
James Randi, the popular magician and hoax buster, argued in the Skeptical Inquirer: “The marvellous prophecies of Michele de Nostredame, upon sober examination, turn out to be a tiresome collection of vague, punning, seemingly badly constructed verses written by a man who, in his other work, showed that he was quite capable of writing correct, concise French.
“The printers served him poorly, committing errors that make his centuries even more delightful to those who find obscurity profound.
“Of all the books published on the subject only a few have troubled to provide any sort of rational treatment, and the flim-flammers have found the market much more profitable than have the rationalists.”