Almost exactly 16 years ago, ‘The Simpsons’ joked Trump would become president, bankrupting the country
In the 2000 episode “Bart to the Future,” ‘The Simpsons’ joked that President Lisa Simpson would inherit a budget disaster from President Donald Trump.
If a year ago you had asked most political pundits if Donald Trump had a good chance of becoming president, most of them would’ve laughed at you. Even amid rumors of his 2016 run, it seemed absurd at the time to think he’d be a serious contender for the presidency.
If predicting Trump’s rise in 2015 was tough, imagine doing it in 2000. Sixteen years ago — almost to the day — The Simpsons did just that. In an episode called “Bart to the Future,” Bart gets a glimpse at his adult self: He’s a Duff-swilling slob like his father, but his sister Lisa has grown up to be president of the United States (“America’s first straight female president,” to be exact). As President Simpson tells her aides in one scene (at the 2:20 mark, above): “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.” In fact, the country is “broke,” she learns, after Trump’s presidency.
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