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The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump’s victory 16 years ago

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On 19 March 2000, The Simpsons aired the episode Bart to the Future – and predicted that Donald Trump would become President of the United States.

In yet another piece of compelling evidence that Matt Greoning & co. have built their own time machine, the episode sees Bart gain a vision of the near future in which Lisa has become President of the US, inheriting the seat (and an insurmountable debt) from Donald Trump.

The writer of the episode, Dan Greaneym told The Hollywood Reporter that the notion of Trump as president was “a warning to America”.

“It just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom” he added. “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.”

If you need us, we’ll be going through all episodes aired post 2000 to see what else we might expect from this bleak new world we’ve arrived in. 

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Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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