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The Simpsons Predicted President Trump Sixteen Years Ago [Update]

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Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. The Simpsons saw this coming, way back in the year 2000.

In this episode, “Bart to the Future,” Lisa has been elected President and, as Deadline points out, must contend with the “budget crunch” her predecessor, President Donald Trump, left for the country.


Below, you can watch a clip from the episode which originally aired in 2000:

This October, The Guardian asked Matt Groening about the episode. “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but [Trump] was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true,” he replied. “It’s beyond satire.”


Groening added that he “highly” doubted Trump would be elected, but added this if he were: “Mr Trump’s election, as horrible as it would be, would be great for comedy – as comedians always say...”

Update November 9 - 7:31am: The top image is from a 2015 episode. Check out a clip from it right here: