Leave it to cult cartoon The Simpsons to make one last attack on President Donald Trump.
In a bid to encourage US citizens to vote in the upcoming election, the creators of the long-running series snuck in a very political message in their latest Halloween episode.
During one scene, Homer walks into a polling booth and appears unsure of who to vote for. Forever his voice of reason, Lisa pops into his head — with a mask on of course — and says: “You’re hesitating over President? Dad, by all that’s decent, how could you forget everything that’s happened over the past four years?”
Following the exchange, a scrolling list appears over the cartoon, detailing everything controversial that Trump has said or done, including his paying of just $750 in taxes, asking Americans to swallow bleach, calling white supremacists ‘fine people’, tweeting classified information and withdrawing from the World Health Organisation, to name a few.
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.
Go Vote #BidenHarris2020, #DontGetComplacent!pic.twitter.com/SYuNm5R7dM
— Maiestas Ⓜ️ (@Ebenezer_Peegah) November 2, 2020
As reported by Variety, here is the full list.
“Made it okay to shoot hibernating bears, Put children in cages, Called Mexicans rapists, Imitated disabled reporter, Looks lousy in a tennis outfit, Can’t get wife to hold hand, Called third world countries a**eholes, Called Tim Cook ‘Tim Apple’, Said Jewish people who vote Democrat are disloyal, Showed top-secret documents at Mar-A-Lago restaurant, Called white supremacists ‘fine people’, Leaked classified information to Russian ambassador, Asked the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, Called for China to investigate the Bidens, Walked into the dressing room at Miss Teen USA pageant, Pressed the Australian prime minister to help Barr investigate Mueller, Talked about grabbing p**sy, Lied about the size of his inauguration, Refused to release tax returns, Gutted the E.P.A., Confiscated and destroyed interpreter’s notes after meeting with Putin, Tweeted classified photo of Iran missile site, Called Baltimore a ‘disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess’, Described Meryl Streep as ‘over-rated’,” it read before continuing.
“Leaked information to the press about the 2017 Manchester arena bombing, Did not attend any White House correspondents’ dinner, Said Megyn Kelly had ‘blood coming out of her whatever’, Called Carly Fiorina ‘horse face’, Ruined impeachment, Brought Ivanka to the G7 summit, Corrupted Congress, Appointed and didn’t fire Betsy DeVos, Put Jared in charge of Mideast, Served McDonald’s to Clemson football team, Destroyed democracy, Lost Hong Kong, Threatened Marie Yovanovitch, Pulled the U.S. out of climate agreement, Allowed bounties on soldiers, Invaded Portland, Withdrew from W.H.O., Bragged about knowing the date, Commuted sentences, Said to swallow bleach, Person, woman, man, camera, TV, Destroyed post office, Paid $750 in taxes, Wants the third term, Wanted to be on Mount Rushmore.”
“And we haven’t even said the worst one.”
The show, which has made no secret of where their political allegiance lies, infamously predicted Trump’s (among other things) presidency in 2000 — fifteen years before he even ran for office.
At the time, Trump was still helming The Apprentice, and in an interview with News.com.au in 2019, the voice of Lisa, Yeardley Smith, said that they “literally thought, ‘What’s the silliest, most outrageous, dumbest idea for a president we can possibly think of?’”
It’s unclear if the episode will have much sway over the election on November 3, but The Simpson’s creators gave it a good go.