The Simpsons takes dig at Trump but Homer can't decide who to vote in Halloween special 'Treehouse of Horror'
The Simpsons, for their Halloween special this year, have made a spoof of the 2020 presidential election, with a clip from the upcoming episode showing Homer Simpson heading to the election booth to cast his vote. Homer, however, appears stuck on his "stumper" of a decision and puts on his reading glasses in an effort to decide which candidate to choose. Struggling to decide, a maskless Homer then asks if he can write in Judge Judy as one of the candidates for president. Homer's daughter Lisa, who is wearing a face mask, then interjects, saying: "You're hesitating over president? Dad! By all that's decent, how could you forget everything that's happened in the last four years?"
Homer then promptly recalls a front-page headline from the local Springfield Shopper that says, “Faye Dunaway Gives Oscar to Wrong Movie and Is Never Seen Again." As he thinks of multiple headlines over the past years, some chronicling President Donald Trump's actions during his administration. Some include: "Looks lousy in a tennis outfit," "Called third world countries ****holes," "Said Jewish people who vote Democrat are disloyal," "Lied about the size of his inauguration," "Talked about grabbing *****," and "Refused to release tax returns." The clip then concludes by making the point that "we haven't even said the worst one." According to Variety, the episode lists 50 such headlines.
Homer then casts his vote, with the audience left wondering who was his ultimate choice. The clip is a preview of the show's annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special set to air on October 18.
The US presidential elections, which is set to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will be a contest against the Trump-Pence campaign and the Biden-Harris campaign. The winner of the 59th US presidential election will then be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. The election comes amid turbulent times for the country with the novel coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd anti-racism protests underway across the country.
President Donald Trump, who had contracted the Covid-19 disease, is now back campaigning in the final weeks before the election. The president, on Wednesday, also mocked his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, with a joke campaign poster, suggesting that he should be in a care home after claiming he has dementia. The president is 74, just three years younger than Biden, 77. Trump also shared a photoshopped image of Biden, 77, surrounded by elderly people in wheelchairs to Twitter on Tuesday.
The second presidential debate was formally canceled late last week after Trump refused to participate in a virtual event. After Trump pulled out of the debate, Biden scheduled his town-hall-style event on ABC for the same night, reports state. A commission member who helped to create modern televised debates in 1960, Newton N. Minow, said: "In seven decades of televised presidential debates, this is the first debate to be canceled. The loser is the American voter." Trump, meanwhile, resumed his signature rally beginning on Monday, October 12, in Florida.
The final debate of the 2020 presidential election cycle continues to remain scheduled on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with Kristen Welker of NBC as the moderator.