A still from an episode of The Simpsons in 2013.
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"It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."

By Claire Groden
March 18, 2016

It turns out The Simpsons is more than a parody cartoon—sometimes, it’s prophetic.

Sixteen-years-ago, the show’s writers sent Bart Simpson to see a glimpse of his family’s future. While future Bart ended up being a slobby failed musician, his sister Lisa enjoyed a slightly better fate as the “first straight female” president—dealing with a disaster after a certain President Trump left the country broke.

At the time, Donald Trump was far outside the realm of politics. The real estate mogul was still four years away from cementing his celebrity status with the reality TV show “The Apprentice.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, episode writer Dan Greaney said that the reference was a “warning to America.” Trump “just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

He continued, “The Simpsons has always kind of embraced the over the top side of American culture … and [Trump] is just the fulfillment of that.”

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