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THAT 3AM CALL

“Not now, I am on Twitter”: The Simpsons imagine a crisis under president Donald Trump

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“Just build another wall! Yes, in the ocean, loser?”
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter based in New York City

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

It’s the middle of the night in Springfield and Homer and Marge Simpson are feeling the electoral campaign tension: They can’t make love until they decide who to vote for.

The Simpsons have addressed the 2016 election before, perhaps most notably when Homer supported “colonel” Bernie Sanders for president. The animated series also has quite a history with Donald Trump. Back in 2000, it imagined a dystopian future in which Lisa Simpson is in the Oval Office, running a fiscally broke country after inheriting “quite a budget crunch from president Trump.”

This time, in a short video clip that the show released online, the plot is to figure out which of the two frontrunners in the current race would be the worse choice. Homer and Marge turn on the TV to figure it out. Cut to an ad paid for by “Americans who are really starting to miss Obama.”

“It’s 3am and the phone is ringing in the White House,” says the voiceover. “Who do you want to answer that call?”

America has two options: Hillary Clinton—who takes the phone from her husband’s hands, saying, “From now on, it’s always for me!”—or Trump, who is in bed with a book containing the collected speeches of a certain “A. Hitler.”

“Not now, I am on Twitter!” Trump shouts at his phone, declining a call from the situation room.

After sending a tweet congratulating himself for exiling Elizabeth Warren, and making a call to order add his name to the Lincoln Memorial, and to suspend NATO, he finally picks up the emergency call and, reluctantly, agrees to go to the situation room.

After getting a little makeup, fillers, a burst of fake-tan spray, new hair (courtesy of a lap dog), and new clothes, he’s ready to go. Only it’s 11:30am now and it’s too late—the Chinese fleet is advancing, leaving Trump with no option but to insist America build another wall, this time in the ocean.

That’s too much—Marge finishes watching the ad convinced to vote for Clinton. And Homer? Well, no spoilers here.

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