Cape Breton Ready To Welcome Americans Nervous About Donald Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric has dominated the current US presidential campaign. Americans worried about the likelihood of this demagogue capturing the White House in November are welcome to come to Canada and settle on Cape Breton Island.

On Monday radio announcer Rob Calabrese created “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” a website that encourages Americans to seriously consider seeking refuge on the beautiful Nova Scotia island.

“Hi Americans! Donald Trump may become the President of your country! If that happens, and you decide to get the hell out of there, might I suggest moving to Cape Breton Island,” the site says. “In Cape Breton, we value diversity! Here, you can hear a number of other languages, like French and Mi’kmaq, even Gaelic! But everybody also speaks English, just like you!”

Since its launch, the site has received serious inquiries from Americans considering making the dash. Hits galore. Watch Calabrese explain the interest in this interview with the CBC News:

Trump is probably the worst racist to ever hit the campaign trail in a western democracy.

He’s proposed a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US. He’s vowed to bring back the widely-condemned practice of waterboarding of terror suspects. He’s accused Mexican immigrants of “bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists” to the US.

John O’Donnell, a former Trump employee, quoted his former boss saying this of his black employees: “I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it.”

The latest annual census (pdf) from the prominent civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), links Trump to the recent rise of hate and other extremist groups in the US. Labelling 2015 “a year awash in deadly extremist violence and hateful rhetoric from mainstream political figures,” the report found that the number of hate groups increased from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015.

“While the number of extremist groups grew in 2015 after several years of declines, the real story was the deadly violence committed by extremists in city after city,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the Intelligence Report, the group’s investigative journal. “Whether it was Charleston, San Bernardino or Colorado Springs, 2015 was clearly a year of deadly action for extremists.”

Potok’s installment in the SPCL report, The Year in Hate and Extremism, found a co-relation between the rise of white supremacist groups and hateful rhetoric by mainstream political figures.

Trump is not welcome in Canada. During a year-end town hall hosted by Maclean’s in December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took an unusual swipe at the real estate billionaire.

“I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric,” said Trudeau. “If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer. Fear doesn’t make us safer. It makes us weaker.”

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter: @Obiemad

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