But now the writer of the hit US show has revealed he chose to script the Donald because it was the most insane and laughable scenario he could think of.
Yep…And this guy is now President.
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“Trump was, of course, the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of ”
Writer Dan Greaney explained his reasons after the joke sensationally became a reality.
“It was a warning to America,” he said. “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was consistent with the vision of America going insane.
“What we needed was for Lisa to have problems beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that’s why we had Trump be president before her.”
James L Brooks – executive producer of the show – summed up the disbelief.
He tweeted yesterday: “F*** disillusionment!”
Greaney, who has also produced episodes of the US version of The Office, added: “The Donald Trump that we were writing about was kind of a lovable, over-the-top character and didn’t have this darkness.
“There’s nothing in the episode about walls or rounding up Mexicans or Islamophobia.
“You would expect that he’d build giant monuments to himself but you wouldn’t expect that the first thing would be a wall.”
Show creator Matt Groening said last month: “Back in 2000 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.”