‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency

The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump’s presidential victory 16 years ago.

In “Bart to the Future,” an episode of The Simpsons that premiered in March of 2000, Lisa Simpson is elected president as the successor to a fictitious Trump, who, in the plot line, ran the nation into “quite a budget crunch.” Watch the clip here, beginning around 2:20:

Simpsons writer Dan Greaney told the Hollywood Reporter back in March of this year that “Bart to the Future” was meant to be “a warning to America.”

“And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane,” Greaney told THR.

“The important thing is that Lisa comes into the presidency when America is on the ropes, and that is the condition left by the Trump presidency,” he continued. “What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that’s why we had Trump be president before her.”

The Simpsons, as a series, has accurately predicted the creation of Apple Watches, the tiger attack on Siegfried and Roy, that Bengt Holmström of MIT would win the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2016, among other events. Now, if only they had a clear solution for America’s future.