If you’ve been on social media at all during the recent presidential election that saw the unfavorable Donald Trump claim the presidency, you might have seen bits and pieces of certain episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ in which they accurately predict Donald Trump’s victory--over 16 years ago.
The episode ‘Bart to the Future’ aired in March of 2000, and in this episode, Donald Trump wins the American presidency. Dan Greaney, who wrote this specific episode, tells us why it was so easy to forecast a Trump presidency from over a decade away.
In ‘Bart to the Future’ Lisa assumes control of the presidency in wake of Trump’s, which has completely destroyed the American economy and left the nation bankrupt. The writers say that this was designed somewhat as a ‘warning to America.’
Greaney told Hollywood Reporter that they wanted to portray an American populace that had essentially gone mad, resulting in a worst-case scenario for America: a Donald Trump presidency. This sets up the rest of the plot for the episode, as Lisa comes into the White House needing to rebuild the America that Trump destroyed.
What’s eerie about the episode is that it accurately depicts certain details of Trump’s victory in 2016, in the year 2000. One detail that people are particularly shocked about is the electoral college board that can be seen in the episode. The board is almost a state-for-state match of what Trump’s path to victory looked like in 2016.
Matt Groening, creator of the famous cartoon series, agrees with Greaney, saying that their choice of Donald Trump for the fictional president who destroyed America was based solely on them trying to pick “the most absurd placeholder joke name we could think of at the time.” As you can imagine, the writers, creators and producers of the show must have felt a mixture of shock and amusement that their prediction came true 16 years later.
What do you think about The Simpsons creator’s wildly accurate predictions for the 2016 presidential election?