If you’re an avid viewer of the show, The Simpsons, you probably already know this. If you don’t watch the show, here’s an interesting fact: 16 years ago, the Simpsons predicted that Donald Trump would become President of The United States.
The episode called “Bart to the Future,” a reference to the Back to the Future movie, featured Bart traveling to an alternate reality in which Trump was the outgoing president.
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Matt Groening, the show’s iconic creator, said, “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.” A writer for the Simpsons, Dan Greaney, said the clip had a dark meaning behind it.
He said: “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.”
In the first clip of the episode, Lisa sits in the White House as she says: “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump. How bad does it get?” Her staff, which includes Milhouse, let her know in graph form that the country is broke due to her predecessor, President Trump.
While this scenario would have seemed unbelievable in 2000, amazingly, Donald Trump will be the new president. Perhaps Donald saw this episode of The Simpsons and is determined to make his presidency more than a cartoonish joke.
If so, he’s certainly starting out with a lot less bluster than he showed on the campaign trail, beginning with his thanks to Hillary Clinton for her service. In a dramatic peace-making gesture following the election, Trump said of Clinton, “We owe her a debt of gratitude and I mean that very sincerely.”
Clinton has yet to be seen publicly after giving her concession speech. Early reports indicated she blamed FBI Director, James Comey, for her loss alongside the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Perhaps The Simpsons will do a new episode, adding in Clinton and the other “characters” of this election. Sometimes real life is actually stranger than fiction.