WASHINGTON—Donald Trump has a message for some of the celebrities musing about leaving for Canada if he’s elected president: don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
The billionaire candidate expressed delight today when asked about the phenomenon of famous Americans talking about becoming political exiles if he’s elected.
He said he’d be glad to make it a reality.
“Well, now I have to get elected,” Trump told the morning show Fox and Friends.
“I’ll be doing a great service to our country,” he noted.
“I have to [win]. Now it’s much more important,” Trump added.
“In fact, I’ll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now.”
Trump was appearing on the Fox show on the morning of five northeastern primaries, which he’s expected to dominate, although they won’t clinch the Republican nomination for him.
He was asked specifically about actress Lena Dunham. The star of the show, “Girls,” said she is serious about leaving.
She noted she knows a lovely place in Vancouver and could work from there.
The candidate’s reply: “Well, she’s a ‘B’-actor. And, you know, has no mojo.
“You know, I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that, too,” Trump added.
“That would be a great, great thing for our country.”
The show put up pictures of other famous Americans who promised to leave if their country elects the Mexican-wall-building, import-tax-threatening, Muslim-travel-banning celebrity.
They included actress Rosie O’Donnell, and comedians Goldberg and Jon Stewart.
Trump has had a long-running feud with some of them.
Americans would have several options should they seek to immigrate. Study in Canada, marry a Canadian, invest in a business, or apply through the regular points program.
Otherwise, Canada only allows them to spend six months as tourists.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been asked during recent trips to the U.S. about talk of a Trump-triggered exodus.
He has downplayed it, noting that threats to leave the U.S. emerge in every election—yet the Canada-U.S. population gap remains intact.
He’s correct that the phenomenon goes way back.
The day after George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, Canada’s immigration website smashed its then-record for single-day visits.