Will Justin Trudeau don his Indian garb as he bravely leads his troops south over the border to rescue America?
And will American liberals–who always promise to move to Canada if things don’t go their way politically, but never actually vamoose–actually skedaddle this time?
Both questions arise in light of a segment on his MSNBC show Sunday morning that Jonathan Capehart devoted to panicky Canadians freaking out over Donald Trump. His guest was Fiona Hill, a former Trump foreign-policy adviser turned Trump foe, who testified at his first impeachment.
Capehart rolled images from the Canadian newspaper, the Globe and Mail, which included this insane op-ed headline:
I want to show some other headlines, because that’s not the only thing that the Globe and Mail has published expressing alarm about what’s happening in America. There’s one headline that says “If the next presidential election reveals the U.S. hurdling toward possible violence and autocracy, should Canada try to intervene?”
Hill further testified to Canada’s Trump-hating freak out over American politics. She claimed that “Canadians are actually worried about refugees. Political refugees going across the border,” should Trumpism triumph in 2024.
So will 2024 be the year when America—finally—bids adios to celebrities like Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Amy Schumer, and Lena Dunham, who all made noises about fleeing to the Great White North if Trump won in 2016? Don’t forget your faux beaver fur hats!
On Jonathan Capehart’s MSNBC show, Canadian panic over Trumpism was sponsored in part by Panera and WeatherTech.
Here’s the transcript.
The Sunday Show
10:29 am ET
JONATHAN CAPEHART: It’s not just Americans who are worried about the creeping authoritarianism poisoning our politic. In a sobering op-ed this week from our neighbors to the north, Canada’s Globe and Mail editorial board warned, quote, the most dangerous force in the world going into 2022 might not be in Beijing or Moscow, but in the United States. Its name is Trumpism.”
Joining me now, Fiona Hill, senior fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, and former senior director at the National Security Council, and author of the best-selling book “There Is Nothing For You Here.”
I want to show some other headlines, because that’s not the only thing that the Globe and Mail has published expressing alarm about what’s happening in America. There’s one headline that says “if the next presidential election reveals the U.S. hurdling toward possible violence and autocracy, should Canada try to intervene?”
Another one: “2022 is the year America falls off a cliff. How will Canada hang on?”
Another one: “Chaos is coming to the U.S. What will Canada become?”
Now, I know there’s some criticism of what the Globe and Mail is doing, and the authors of these pieces. But never in a million years did I think that our neighbors to the north would be openly concerned about the stability of the United States. And they’re not alone, are they?
FIONA HILL: No, they’re not alone. Look, there’s consternation across Europe at the moment. And now we seem to be exporting not just the chaos that the Canadians are worried about, because they’re actually worried about refugees. Political refugees going across the border. I talked to Canadian friends, and we’re joking about how many millions of Americans are going to be lined up at the border, kind of coming in in 2024, for example. That’s not just a funny prospect at all.
HILL: But people are seriously worried about what’s happened to the United States.