The reference, made over 16 years ago during a 2000 episode titled Bart to the Future, had the internet gasping post-election. In Bart to the Future, Bart is shown a vision of his life where president-elect Lisa Simpson, the first woman to assume the role, is tasked with cleaning up the nation after the disastrous presidency of a fictional Donald Trump.
In an Oval Office meeting with her most trusted advisers, President Simpson says, “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.”
Secretary Milhouse Van Houten responds, saying, “We’re broke.”
Dan Greaney, the episode’s author, said that the Trump presidency was meant as “a warning to America.”
“And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” Greaney said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
Now that Trump has been elected the 45th president, the show addressed their prediction in the first Simpsons episode post-election.
In the opening montage, Bart is seen writing a note on the school chalkboard: “Being Right Sucks.”
The show tweeted out confirmation that the words were in regards to the Trump presidency.
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) November 14, 2016
Trump wasn’t the only world leader on the receiving end of The Simpsons jokes in the new episode.
Grandpa Simpson had some choice words for Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
Abe Simpson calls Trudeau a “commie” when the family suggests heading to Canada.
Simpsons Trudeau joke from tonight: pic.twitter.com/SyDW7V1z44
— Darrell (@chaingunsofdoom) November 14, 2016
If The Simpsons continue to be right, then we just might see a female president elected after Trump.