The 17th episode of the 11th season of the long-running Fox animated sitcom titled “Bart to the future” portrayed a prophetic (or dystopian) vision of the future.
First aired in 2000, the episode referred to a Donald Trump presidency that had bankrupted the United States and left it with a crippling budget deficit.
A grown-up, pony-tailed Bart finds that his sister, Lisa, is the country's first female president - an honour many expected to fall upon Hillary Clinton in this election cycle.
Sitting behind a large desk in the Oval Office, Lisa tells her advisors of the budget deficit inherited from a Trump presidency and asks her team, "How bad is it?"[caption id="attachment_30640" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The Simpsons [/caption]
Treasury Secretary Milhouse takes out a chart showing the state of the economy and claims that the country is "broke".
President Lisa's other advisors then cite various problems associated with the previous Trump administration, which had bankrupted America and "borrowed from every country in the world".[caption id="attachment_30638" align="aligncenter" width="711"] The Simpsons[/caption]
And in a scene eerily reminiscent of a Trump campaign rally, Bart bursts into the Oval Office but is wrestled to the ground by security staff before he can make his point.
Now Donald Trump has turned a cheap joke in one of America's longest-running cartoons, into a medium term, multi-billion dollar reality.
While the first part of The Simpson’s episode has come true, the world must hope that the same outcome is not realised when Trump hands over the keys to the White House in four or eight years' time.