'The Simpsons' Predicted Donald Trump's Shock Election 16 Years Ago

The Simpsons has been predicting weird stuff for years. Maybe that's because it's been running for so long, eventually they were bound to get a few things right.

With the shock election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, we're reminded yet again that the writers of the cartoon smashed it out of the park.

In the episode 'Bart to the Future' (which aired in March 2000), Lisa is made president. As she sits in the Oval Office, she quips: 'We've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump'.


Credit: 20th Century Fox

This particular prediction didn't go unnoticed when Trump's popularity surged over the last 12 months. Writer for the show, Dan Greaney, told the Hollywood Reporter: "It was a warning to America. 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."

Matt Groening told The Guardian: "We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 - but [Trump] was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that's still true. It's beyond satire."

The Simpsons have done it again. Doubt Lisa will succeed Trump but as we've learned today, anything can happen.

Featured image credit: 20th Century Fox

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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