WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 — Back in 2000, a number of celebrities told their fellow Americans that if they rejected Al Gore as the 43rd president, they would wipe the dust from the souls of their feet and leave our shores.
“I don’t think you’ll see me around here for at least four years,” said singer Barbara Streisand.
“If Bush is elected president, I’m leaving for France,” warned director Robert Altman.
A majority of Americans may have given Al Gore their votes. But we are not a democracy, thankfully. And so, the Founding Father’s mechanism for countering the passions of the mob – the Electoral College – rejected the man whose crackpot theories concerning carbon footprints and worldwide temperature increases, which inspired the making of the worst film in movie history – “Water World” – elected George W. Bush president of the United States instead.
America’s glitterati stayed.
Today, the near certainty of Donald J. Trump’s seizing the Republican presidential nomination is forcing some celebrities to think the impossible: What if Trump wins against the sour shrill with the perpetual cough, “Corrupt Hillary”?
And American entertainers are once again threatening to pack their bags.
Taking time away from twerking, singer Miley Cyrus said on Instagram, “Donald Trump is a f*@%king nightmare… gonna vom/move out da country.”
Actor Samuel L. Jackson told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, “If that [email protected]%ker becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa.”
The thought of Trump in the Oval Office drove comedienne Whoopi Goldberg to muse, “Maybe it’s time for me to move, you know, I can afford to go.”
Race huckster and MSNBC host Al Sharpton told a gathering at the Center for American Progress that “if Donald Trump is the [Republican] nominee” he would reserve his “ticket to get out of here if he wins.”
It’s clear the Rev. Sharpton doesn’t have much faith in Hillary’s electability.
And actress Lena Dunham said she’s splitting too, “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver [Canada] and I can get my work done from there,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
Even the perpetually perturbed Rosie O’Donnell, who Trump famously ridiculed in the first Republican debate, said she will add her dust to the cloud generated by the migrating herd of celebrities.
Trump was elated by the news.
In a telephone interview with Fox and Friends, Trump beamed, “Now I have to get elected, because I’ll be doing a great service to our country. Now it’s much more important. In fact, I’ll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now.”
Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” has taken on a whole new meaning.