Simpsons Writer: 2000 President Trump Episode Was ‘A Warning To America’
An episode of The Simpsons from 2000, predicted an America gone crazy, and one of the gags was that Donald Trump had been elected President.
“It was a warning to America,” creator of the storyline Dan Greaney said to The Hollywood Reporter, adding “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.”
“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. 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.”
The Hill reports:
The March 19, 2000, episode titled “Bart to the Future” shows Lisa Simpson becoming president after Trump, taking over a bleak America that is bankrupt and crippled by uncontrollable crime.
“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says in the Oval Office.
“How bad is it?” she asks advisers. “The country is broke? How can it be?”
Simpson’s advisers then explain the dysfunction left by Trump, describing an absurd list of unintended problems.
“[The mistake was] investing in our nation’s children,” one aide tells Simpson. “The balanced breakfast program just created a generation of ultra-strong super-criminals. And the midnight basketball just taught them to function without sleep.”
Greaney said “The Simpsons” wanted the worst possible president, deciding on Trump.
Sixteen years after the episode first aired, Trump is the GOP presidential front-runner with a huge lead in delegates.