“The Simpsons,” FOX’s decades-long running and Emmy-winning animated show, has been a staple of American culture for its satire and puns. But it’s now taken on the title of political soothsayer, unlike pollsters around the country.
More than 16 years ago, the show predicted Donald Trump would be the president in the future in the episode titled “Bart to the Future.” The 17th episode of its 11th season, airing on March 19, 2000, depicted legendary character Bart Simpson learning his future in the year 2030.
Among some of the more tongue-in-cheek jokes like the phrase “smell ya’ later” replacing “goodbye” and Bart’s sister Lisa Simpson proclaiming she was proud to be the first “straight” U.S. president, the episode show’s Lisa Simpson beginning her first term in succession of Trump.
"We've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says.
The episode was penned by Dan Greaney, who later wrote two episodes of NBC’s “The Office,” and back in March, well before Trump captured the Republican Party nomination and eventually beat Democrat Hillary Clinton, he said the prediction was supposed to be a “warning.”
"It was a warning to America," Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter. “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."
Based on his comments from eight months ago, Greaney likely isn’t optimistic about the future Trump administration.
Greaney added: "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. 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."
But this is just the latest instance of the show’s predictions coming to life. In 2008, it showed Homer Simpson, Bart and Lisa’s father, attempting to vote for Democrat Barack Obama but the voting machine repeatedly switched his vote to Republican John McCain, something that later happened in Pennsylvania when Obama faced Mitt Romney in 2012, BuzzFeed showed.
Check out the clip below at the 2:21 mark.