Remember when Donald Trump first announced his candidacy to become the president of the United States and we all just thought it was a big joke? Sort of like what Rob Ford became to those outside of Toronto, only on a more international scale.
That seems like ages ago now, and the joke has become a lot less funny when you think about some — just take your pick — of the offensive things Trump has said about women, minorities and those who don’t agree with him. Never mind the other world leaders who have taken the opportunity to speak out against him.
Well as it turns out, one savvy Simpsons writer did, as far back as 16 years ago this week his episode “Bart to the Future” aired on Fox. In the episode, writer Dan Greaney included a prophetic line from a future Lisa, who had just taken over as the first “straight female” president of the United States.
“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says, foretelling the future in more ways than one. With Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump both potentially poised to win an election should their respective parties decide to go with them, it seems as though either Trump or the first female will indeed take office.
Apparently, that line wasn’t just a throwaway either.
“It was a warning to America,” Greaney tells 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.”
It isn’t the first time a writer in pop culture has gone back and been aghast at how true their “predictions” have become since Trump’s bid. Just a few weeks ago Etan Cohen, who penned the script for the futuristic cult comedy Idiocracy, tweeted some similar feelings.
I never expected #idiocracy to become a documentary.
— Etan Cohen (@etanjc) February 24, 2016
“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,” Greaney continues in the interview. “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.”
Let’s all hope that it doesn’t get to that point, shall we?
Check out the episode clip, below.
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