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US presidential elections 2016: ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Donald Trump’s victory 16 years ago

The show had hilariously predicted a Trump presidency back in 2000 in the Season 11 episode "Bart to the Future".

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2016 7:40 pm
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If anyone said that Donald Trump would emerge as the US President-elect after the 2016 US elections before today, the suggestion would most likely be met with a hearty laugh. Well, as it turns out, 16 years ago, popular animated American TV series The Simpsons had predicted just that, and its makers are the ones laughing right now.

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Sixteen years before Donald Trump’s win in the US elections, The Simpsons predicted that the billionaire businessman would become the president. The show, hilariously predicted a Trump presidency back in 2000 in the Season 11 episode “Bart to the Future”.

In the episode, Lisa is pictured sitting in the Oval Office surrounded by advisers. “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” Lisa said. The show also mocked Trump in an episode last year after he announced he was running for president.

In March, writer Dan Greaney said the 2000 episode was like a “warning for America”. In a stunning result, Donald Trump today beat politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President after starting off as a rank political outsider.

Watch a clip from The Simpsons juxtaposed with one of Donald Trump here

Interestingly, this is not the only thing The Simpsons seems to have ‘predicted’ several events that shook the United States, some even decades before. This comes from a Youtube video that’s being shared online, which shows how the writers predicted the impact of the Ebola virus to the Twin Towers attack and the controversy regarding grease thieves in the US’ food sector.

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With PTI inputs.