The Simpsons Accurately Predicted A Trump Presidency 16-Years-Ago

The Simpsons are psychic.

Almost 16-years-ago to the day—March 19, 2000–the “Bart to the Future” episode aired. In this episode, Bart flashes forward into adulthood. Bart has done nothing with his life. He is a loser. The world is in a chaotic and pitiful state. Lisa is president and is dealing with a budget crisis left by her predecessor—Donald Trump.

It is a warning to Bart of things to come if he did not adjust his course and mend his ways.

The animated series, The Simpsons was created to present an “over the top,” tongue in cheek view of American culture. It mocked and exposed racial, cultural, religious, political and pop cultural stereotypes. Nothing was off-limits. Often criticized for its political incorrectness, The Simpsons definitely got people talking. It was hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time.

Dan Greaney, one of writers for The Simpsons told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that the Trump reference was purposefully inserted into the episode.

“It was a warning to America.”

He went on to say, “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.”


Consider Greaney’s thought process as he and the other writers were creating this particular episode:

“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,” Greaney tells THR. “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.”

What does that say about America? The worst, most ridiculous scenario an animated TV show writer could imagine is happening. Consider the following statement by Greaney:

“The Simpsons has always kind of embraced the over the top side of American culture … and [Trump] is just the fulfillment of that.”

Now consider this: Donald Trump is poised to be the GOP Republican nominee.

America has gone insane.

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Denise is currently a writer and editor for a federal agency in Washington, DC. Prior to that she served as an elementary and middle school teacher in Charleston, SC. She is an open-minded free spirit always read for new adventures. She enjoys traveling and relishes being exposed to alternate points of view. She is passionate about what she does and does everything passionately. Faith, family and finances are the core of her value system. She follows her own path and marches to her own beat. She is a dream chaser and with her husband and best friend by her side, she plans to take over the world.