Dan Greaney, the writer of the strange dead-on Simpsons episode Bart to The Future, recently described how he arrived at something like the Trump presidency. Almost 16 years ago to the day, a small group of writers on The Simpsons gave a “warning” to America.
Show writer Greaney said that The GOP frontrunner was chosen as the president to serve “a warning to America.” “And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” he said.
“It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
The episode aired on March 19, 2000, and took a look into the future for the main characters, and apparently for the rest of America, says Yahoo 7 News Australia.
It gave a futuristic view on Bart and Lisa’s life in the future. In the episode Lisa is the president of the US, which she had just taken over from Trump.
Lisa, being the first female leader of the nation, is tasked with the job of cleaning up after her predecessor Donald Trump. “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from president Trump,” she says to her advisors.
About the current presidential campaign, Greaney said that he never though it would be so ugly. “We were sure… it was going to be a disaster, but we didn’t think it was going to be this type of ugliness.”
“I would have predicted that it would’ve been more fun,” he said.
He said that the portrayal of Donald Trump they in 2000 is absolutely different from the man campaigning for presidential election in 2016. According to The Simpsons writer, the Trump they showed was quite lovable and lacked the darkness the person is campaigning with.
The episode also lacked the “rounding up of Mexicans” and “Islamophobi,” that Trump is preaching now, says, 9 News. Greaney said that the ludicrous idea of portraying Trump was to create turmoil for Lisa to fix.
A 2013 episode of The Simpsons also predicted the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, who passed away in the same week in January this year.