"The Simpsons" is always way ahead of us.

On March 19, 2000, the show aired its "Bart to the Future" episode, with Bart Simpson seeing a vision of his adult life, 30 years ahead. His sister Lisa Simpson became the first "straight female" president of the United States, but inherited "quite a budget crunch" from her predecessor, President Donald Trump. Secretary Milhouse van Houten declared of the country, "We're broke."

Watch the presidential section around the 2 minute mark:
A few months ago, the episode writer, Dan Greaney, told The Hollywood Reporter that the episode "was a warning to America," adding, "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."

He said it "just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."

Fast-forward to the real 2016 and we are now facing a real Trump presidency that we can only hope goes better than the animated version.

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The Simpsons
FOXTVPGDecember 17, 1989
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