Here’s How “The Simpsons” Predicted A Trump Presidency 16 Years Ago


Of all the things The Simpsons could have predicted, why did it have to be this?

On the episode “Bart to the Future,” Bart Simpson sees a grim vision of the year 2030-ish. Among the predictions: “smell you later” will replace “goodbye,” and Bart will be a deadbeat in a band. Also, Lisa Simpson will be president of the United States.

“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says, and oh God, it hurts.

“Yes, I am proud to be America’s first straight female president,” she adds.

“The country is broke,” Milhouse laments, and once again it hurts, oh God, it hurts.

But maybe there’s a bright side to all this. After all, the episode predicts that Lisa will become president after Trump, so that could work out well. It does seem likely that whatever happens over the next four years will be followed by a some sort of course correction.

So who will the Lisa of 2020 be? Elizabeth Warren? Michelle Obama? Cher? Chelsea Clinton? It’s anyone’s guess. The only thing we can know for sure is that the next four years will be like 2016, only far, far worse.