TODAY The Simpsons saw the most absurd prediction in its 27-year history come true – correctly forecasting Donald Trump would be president.
In an episode aired in 2000, the show portrays a grown up Lisa as the incumbent, who refers to “inheriting quite a budget crunch from President Trump”.
The canny prediction occurred in “Bart to the Future“, a episode set in the future revealing how the lives’ of its central characters could eventuate.
It later referenced his real-life run for the presidency again last year in a short clip called “Trumptastic Voyage” – though by this stage his candidacy was more commonly expected.
Earlier this year Simpsons creator Matt Groening told The Guardian they used Trump because he was “the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of”.
He added: “That’s still true, it’s beyond satire. If by chance he gets elected, which I doubt highly will happen, I think we’ll suddenly be very inspired.”
Dan Greaney, a long-time writer for the show, said it was a “warning to America”.
He told The Hollywood Reporter:
“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.”
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