In the episode ‘Bart to the Future’ that aired over 16 years ago, Donald Trump won the fictional race to become President, a story line that had become a reality within recent weeks when the real Donal Trump emulated his cartoon counterpart.
DAN GREANEY EXPLAINS HOW THE SIMPSONS KNEW TRUMP WOULD WIN
This was considered an extremely unlikely event even quite late in the real world election, making the prediction considerably impressive. The Simpsons were able to forecast this from well over a decade away to a high degree of accuracy and writer of the episode Dan Greaney was happy to explain how.
The episode revolves around Lisa becoming president after the fictional Trump has left the American economy in tatters. The writers intended this as a ‘warning to America.’ Greaney revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that when writing the episode, he was trying to paint a picture of an American public that has lost its mind, resulting in the worst case scenario, Trump as President. This choice allows Lisa to come in and pick up the pieces as his replacement, the story structure that the episode needed.
The Simpsons episode included some details that were eerily replicated in real life. The most noticeable of these was the electoral college board featured in the episode detailing Democrat, and Republican states was an almost perfect replica of the results of the Trump vs. Clinton election.
The creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening has previously agreed with this explanation for the choice of Trump as the fictional President stating that they chose, ‘the most absurd placeholder joke name we could think of at the time.’ The jocular nature of the selection of Trump as president in the episode suggests that The Simpsons staff involved in ‘Bart to the Future’ must have been extremely surprised and amused, first to see Trump selected as a candidate and then as President of the United States.