Inauguration Day 2021: Fans Think The Simpsons Predicted That Kamala Harris Will Become President
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The season 11 episode "Bart to the Future" features one of the most widely circulated predictions due to a scene where Lisa Simpson, who is revealed to be the first female President, offhandedly mentions, "we inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump."
It initially was a reference to Trump attempting to run as a Reform Party Candidate, but the comment gained more attention 16 years after the episode aired, when Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016.
Now, there is another aspect of this episode which seems to suggest vice president Kamala Harris will eventually become President.
The episode takes place in the future, and gives fans a glimpse at what's in store for Bart and Lisa when they're all grown up. Lisa is the President of the United States, a role which many people have predicted for Kamala in the future.
The unusual fan theory is supported by the outfits worn by both Lisa and Kamala - a purple jacket, a necklace, pearl earrings. Fans noticed the similarities and immediately took to Twitter during President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.
One fan posted a side-by-side picture of Kamala and Lisa with the caption: "Kamala Harris & Lisa Simpson same vibe".
A second Twitter user added: "Kamala Harris reminds me [of] Lisa Simpson... almost same outfit."
Another person said: "Kamala Harris really is Lisa Simpson and I'm all for it".
Kamala Harris & Lisa Simpson
Same vibe: pic.twitter.com/wrHDyd0qd8
- León Staines Díaz (@Leon_Staines) January 20, 2021
#KamalaHarris reminds me with Lisa Simpson... almost same outfit pic.twitter.com/wTySY9Eibl
- ₘₑₘₒᵣᵢₑₛ (@butterflymem0ry) January 20, 2021
Kamala Harris really is Lisa Simpson and I'm all for it :grin: pic.twitter.com/82yTgsu09o
- the barefoot bandit (@Darth_Tsunami) January 20, 2021
In reference to the Trump presidency mentioned in the same episode, Dan Greaney, one of the show's writers, explained the meaning behind the joke in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
He told the publication: "It was a warning to America. That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."
Matt Groening told The Guardian: "We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 - but [Trump] was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that's still true. It's beyond satire."
Trump left the White House for the last time today, boycotting Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony and returning home to Florida.
This was only the fourth time in the country's history, after John Adams in 1801, John Quincy Adams in 1829 and Andrew Johnson in 1869, that an outgoing president did not attend the inauguration of his successor.
However, White House staff have confirmed that the outgoing president did leave President Biden a letter before he left office.