The Simpsons writer Dan Greaney says he saw an eventual Donald Trump U.S. presidency as “the logical last stop before hitting bottom.”
The episode “Bart to the Future,” which aired on March 19, 2000, explores a beleaguered Bart Simpson’s life in the future. His sister Lisa has become the first “straight, female” president. During a budget meeting, Lisa says “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.”
“It was a warning to America,” Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” Greaney said. “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.”
Today, Donald Trump is barreling his way toward the Republican nomination for president.
“I am tickled we are getting all this attention, but I don’t think it’s going to trigger this well-awaited re-evaluation of my episode that I was hoping for,” Greaney said of the many emails he’s received since Donald Trump’s political ascent.
“The Simpsons has always kind of embraced the over the top side of American culture. And [Trump] is just the fulfillment of that.”