After seemingly predicting the presidency of Donald Trump in an episode 20 years ago, The Simpsons has now made a subtle jab at him ahead of the 2020 US election.
In a clip uploaded to Twitter from an episode that aired in the US over the weekend, Homer is seen in a polling booth deliberating over who he should vote for as president.
“President, that’s a stumper ... can I write in Judge Judy,” he says while attempting to cast his vote.
Lisa then storms in wearing a face mask questioning why he is hesitating about who to vote for.
“Dad, by all that’s decent how could you forget everything that’s happened over the last four years?” she says.
Homer then sees 50 of the most controversial things Trump has done during his first home rolling across the screen.
They include calling white supremacists “fine people”, suggesting Mexicans were rapists, imitating a disabled reporter and encouraging people to swallow bleach.
Another rolling caption said “can’t get wife to hold hand”, alluding to a number of viral videos showing Trump’s wife Melania seemingly snatching her hand away from the president.
On #ElectionDay, do not forget what has happened in the last 4yrs under Trump as President.
The Simpsons list some of them.#Election2020 is so important.
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— Maiestas Ⓜ️ (@Ebenezer_Peegah) November 2, 2020
“Yikes, I’ve gotta do something,” Homer says as he reads the rolling captions.
As he casts his ballot, he then says: “who are you going to make fun of now late night comics?”, referring to hosts like Stephen Colbert who regularly mock the president.
Later the episode reveals it was all a dream and Marge criticises Homer for not casting his vote.
“Hey, how bad could it be?” he says before a scene cuts to the inauguration on January 20, 2021, where Springfield burns around Homer as he sits on a roof wearing protective armour.
The Simpsons’ history of mocking Trump
The Simpsons has poked fun of Trump before, with a short animation released online in 2017 looking at his first 100 days in office.
The clip shows an animated Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as president.
They include lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following.
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The video also imagines the president’s daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg died in September this year and has since been replaced by Amy Coney Barrett.
The clip ends with Marge and Homer taking in the news on TV at home and Marge complains that she’s out of the antidepressant Prozac that was supposed to last her “the whole four years”.
The Simpsons’ eerie Trump prediction
The Simpsons made the eerie prediction Trump would be president in the episode titled ‘Bart to the Future’.
The popular show aired the episode on March 19, 2000, and featured a look into the future for the main characters, and seemingly, the rest of America.
The episode concentrated around Lisa’s presidency, which she had just taken over from Trump.
Show writer Dan Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter they needed someone who would create turmoil for Lisa to fix, so they settled on Trump.
"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.
In the episode, Lisa talks with her staff about the country’s financial crisis left by Trump.
“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” she says, before realising that the country is, in fact, broke.
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