16 years before Donald Trump was elected US President, The Simpsons predicted the business magnate would become leader of what they called the “free world”. The bizarre story line was featured in the episode, titled ‘Bart To The Future’, broadcast in early 2000. Trump was also mocked in another episode of the top-rated TV cartoon, airing in 2015, after he announced he was running for the top job.
In the original episode, Lisa is pictured sitting in the Oval Office surrounded by advisers. “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says.
Last month, Matt Groening, the show creator, told The Guardian : “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. It is definitely amusing to watch.”
The episode’s writer, Dan Greaney, also told The Hollywood Reporter that the episode served as a “warning to America.” Was it?
Here is a list of ten other predictions that The Simpsons got right.