At this point, The Simpsons have pretty much predicted anything and everything that will happen in the future but given that Donald Trump became the President Elect last night it’s worth nothing one sixteen-year-old prediction in particular.
In ‘Bart to the Future’, an episode of The Simpsons which aired on March 19, 2000, the show predicted that Trump would one day become President of the United States of America, but the reasoning the show runners gave for that prediction is somewhat alarming. via the Hollywood Reporter:
“It was a warning to America,” writer Dan Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter.
He adds: “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.”
This was pre-9/11. It was during the Bush administration. Obama wouldn’t become President for nearly a decade. This was during a time when the GOP ruled the country, but The Simpsons still couldn’t imagine more of a ‘rock bottom’ scenario than Donald Trump becoming President one day, and a Trump Presidency was indicative of the country going insane back then. Say what you want about The Simpsons, but this sketch was written at a time when the idea of a reality star ruling the country was completely unfathomable and is completely unaffected by all of the emotion surrounding this election.