In a 2000 episode of “The Simpsons,” Donald Trump was depicted as President of the United States.

The prediction occurred in “Bart to the Future,” an episode revealing the futures of the show’s characters. It later referenced Donald Trump’s real-life run for the presidency in a short clip called “Trumptastic Voyage.”

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“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening told The Guardian they used Trump because he was “the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of.”

“That’s still true, it’s beyond satire. If by chance he gets elected, which I doubt highly will happen, I think we’ll suddenly be very inspired,” Groening said at the time.

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In the episode, the cartoonist Trump’s campaign slogan was “America, You Can Be My Ex-Wife!” Dan Greaney, a longtime writer for “The Simpsons,” said it was a “warning to America.”

“That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

Lauren Grose About the author:
Lauren is an Associate Content Editor at RARE. During her years at Bloomsburg University, she delved into modern media by creating a fashion column titled “Dear Bloom,” which ultimately became a YouTube series. Shortly after graduating, Lauren packed her bags and flew to Tokyo to explore the city’s culture and, ...Read more
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