More than 15 years before a certain real estate mogul turned reality star announced his candidacy, “The Simpsons” depicted a future where a Donald Trump presidency left the country in dire straits.
While it may not have been a prediction, episode writer Dan Greaney insists it “It was a warning to America.”
In “Bart to the Future,” which first aired March 19, 2000, Bart has a vision of the future, where his sister Lisa is “the first straight female president” of the United States, which is left broke following Trump’s time in office (there’s no indication whether he’s a one-term or two-term president).
Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter that the 16-year-old episode has received renewed attention due to Trump’s position as GOP frontrunner, even though he concedes it probably won’t lead to the “well-awaited re-evaluation” of “Bart to the Future” he’d hoped for.
“‘The Simpsons’ has always kind of embraced the over-the-top side of American culture,” he says, “and [Trump] is just the fulfillment of that.”
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