The Canadian Immigration Site Crashed With People Trying To Flee America Following Trump Win
Canada is suddenly looking very appealing.
If the announcement of Donald Trump as America’s next President had you seriously considering moving elsewhere this morning, you weren’t alone.
Canada’s immigration site actually crashed in the early hours of the morning after an unprecedented number of Americans attempted to log on and explore the option of moving to The Great White North, following Trump’s acceptance speech.
Those trying to use the official website, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, were instead met with a frustrating error message that left them unable to access the site.
It’s thought that the highly controversial news of Trump’s Presidency win sparked a massive backlash of US citizens looking to escape the imminent new Trump leadership and take refuge in the neighboring country of Canada, where the newly elected Prime Minister, 44 year-old Justin Trudeau, has already made a positive impact, introducing one of the most diverse political cabinets in history.
He also made history by flying a rainbow flag from Parliament Hill, and announcing a slew of new trans rights protections to strengthen anti-discrimination laws on the grounds of gender identity.
The sense of anxiety and urgency to flee, following the announcement of the US Presidential election results, is not dissimilar to the panic that was recently felt in the UK in the wake of the 2015 election and Brexit vote, when UK-based Google searches for the terms ‘Irish passport’ and ‘EU passport’ spiked dramatically directly after the announcement.
Trump’s Presidency was so hotly contested that his official political website was hacked on election day, so it presented users with a masthead that read ‘I’m Gonna Lose’ and included a poop emoji.
Since the announcement this morning, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in cities around America to voice their opposition to the Republican’s election victory.
In and around the University of California in Los Angeles, an estimated 500 protesters chanted anti-Trump slogans like “Not my president!” while around a hundred more angry voters reportedly burned an effigy of Trump, smashed windows of the Oakland Tribune newsroom and set fire to tires and rubbish in Oakland.
Ironically, the final tally of this morning’s results actually show that Hillary Clinton technically beat Trump at the polls, going by votes alone. At last count, Clinton had 59,626,052 votes versus Trump’s 59,427,652. That translates to 47.7 per cent for Clinton and 47.5 per cent for Trump, with some votes yet to be counted.
The last time this happened was in 2000, when George W. Bush won the White House after losing the popular vote to Al Gore.
In his victory speech, Trump called for the nation to “come together as one united people,” and congratulated Clinton on a hard-fought race. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” said Trump.
Hours later, Clinton took the stage in New York City to concede the race.
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love, and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”
President Obama spoke shortly afterwards to express his sentiments on the results.
“Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election,” the current President declared.
“But the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag.”
Comment: What’s your reaction to this election been? Are you surprised so many people are looking to leave America?