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The Simpsons predicted an economic crash from 'President Trump' — 16 years ago

The Week logo The Week 9/11/2016 Eric Kleefeld

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The Simpsons really does seem to get things right.

In an episode that first aired in March 2000, "Bart to the Future," the Lisa Simpson of a possible future timeline is elected as America's "first straight female president" — only to face a serious financial calamity upon taking office.

"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crisis from President Trump," President Simpson told her first meeting of economic advisers in the Oval Office. "How bad is it, Secretary (Milhouse) Van Houten?"

The Simpsons. © Screenshot The Simpsons. "We're broke."

Back to real life, and the Dow Jones and other futures markets are plummeting, and at least one major economist is predicting a "global recession with no end in sight."

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