20 Stars Who Pledged to Flee the Country If Trump Was Elected: Where Are They Now?

9:44 AM 11/10/2016

by Caitlin Greenho

Will Lena Dunham really move to Canada? Is Amy Schumer packing her bags for Spain? Here, a post-election update.

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Several stars pledged to leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president.

Many said they'd move to Canada (Lena Dunham, Snoop Dogg), some suggested Europe (Spain for Amy Schumer, Italy for Omari Hardwick) or Africa (Samuel L. Jackson), and one even said Jupiter would be the ideal destination (Cher).

So are they planning to follow through on those promises? Here, a post-election update.

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Before the election: Earlier this year, the actress claimed that if Trump were to be elected, "maybe it's time for me to move, you know," on an episode of The View.

    After the election: On a recent episode, Goldberg was anything but lighthearted when she called Trump a fool and threatened him with impeachment.

    “This fool has said -- and I know he is the president… This is a bigger picture than him. This ripples out on so many bigger things… Whatever you believe no child should be afraid that their parents are going to be taken away because they are Muslim or because they are Mexican or because they are Black… and that to me is an issue,” she said, adding: “We can kick his ass out. There is such a thing called impeachment.”


  • Snoop Dogg

    Before the election: Snoop was among the many celebrities to admit that they were looking at homes in Canada.

    After the election: The rapper posted a picture of Toronto's CN Tower on Instagram and asked native Canadian Drake for some real estate advice: "My new home. @champagnepapi [Drake] I need the hookup on some property... I'm going to the. 6ix." Snoop's 20-plus Instagram posts on the Wednesday following Election Day were not all negative, however: He couldn't contain his excitement about the passing of California's Prop 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana.


    My new home. @champagnepapi I need the hookup on some property. Nefew fuck this shit I'm going to the. 6ix

    A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

  • Miley Cyrus

    Before the election: Cyrus was a Bernie Sanders supporter before backing Hillary Clinton once she became the Democratic Party nominee. In an Instagram post, The Voice judge proclaimed, "My heart is broken into a 100000 pieces...I am moving if [Donald Trump] is my president! I don't say things I don't mean!"

    After the election: Instead of fleeing the country, Cyrus said she accepts Trump as the president and called for him to have an open mind in an emotional video she tweeted after the results were announced.

  • George Lopez

    Before the election: George Lopez proclaimed that Trump "won’t have to worry about immigration. We’ll all go back.”

    After the election: On Wednesday morning, he posted an Instagram photo captioned: "I'm gonna Rent first #pelosmelapela , get to know the schools #ohcanada #mexico (California legalized Marijuana- I need something stronger #Whitehorse #Whitelines Blow away !"

  • Raven Symone

    Before the election: Raven-Symone took a stand early in the race in claiming, "My confession for this election is if any Republican gets nominated, I'm going to move to Canada with my entire family. I already have my ticket."

    After the election: A special feature on The View showed her embracing the Canadian lifestyle in full force.

  • Amy Schumer

    Before the election: The comedian joked early in the election process that if Trump were to emerge victorious, “My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere. It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s just too crazy.”

    After the election: When the results surfaced, she posted a lengthy Instagram caption saying she was joking. "First of all, the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news. Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today." Her caption continues below. 


    First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news. Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now. Like everyone else I am horrified that people believed these bumper sticker slogans filled with hate he spewed. People who voted for him you are weak. You are not just misinformed. You didn't even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue. Well I'll tell you if you were able to read this far through the holes in your sheet. They said nothing incriminating. Nothing. She dedicated her entire life to public service and got our children Heath care and education without discrimination. he didn't pay his workers. Started a fake college. Ripped people off. Never paid his taxes and sexually assaulted women and on and on She would have taken care of us. I personally would have had to pay higher taxes. All the celebrities backing her would have. People asked how much I was paid to stand with her. Nothing. None of us were paid a dollar. We would have had to pay a lot more because we are fortunate enough to make a high income. But we all wanted to do it to take care of the people in need. She was fighting to take care of you kicking and screaming babies. Yelling about emails you know nothing about and not liking her clothes or her hair she wanted to protect you even you. Well you've gotten what you asked for and now you can watch the sky open up. Literally. I am furious. I cry for her and for all the smart people I love who know what's right and I cry for you people who fell for shiny hats and reality catch phrases. She would have protected you. Today we grieve tomorrow we begin again. Yes this quote is fake but it doesn't matter

    A photo posted by @amyschumer on

  • Cher

    Before the election: Cher pledged to not only leave the country, but to leave the planet all together. She tweeted, "IF HE WERE TO BE ELECTED, IM MOVING TO JUPITER." 

    After the election: Since the election ended, she has been very active on Twitter and cites Great Britain and Germany among other countries in her tweets.

  • Omari Hardwick

    Before the election: The actor vowed, "I'll move from Denver to Italy... If Donald Trump wins the presidency, I'm out."

    After the election: When Trump was named president-elect, the Power star took to social media to let everyone know just how strongly he opposed Trump as a president. He compared Trump to Obama in saying, “I was so incensed that i started calling him President President Obama. I will never call this person elected by my lost country ANYthing but Donald,” He went on to write that about how concerned he was for his children, but has yet to make a comment about his plans to move. 


    We have searched far & wide for almost 4 yrs for a qualified, smart, open minded, loving, strong TRUSTWORTHY Nanny to help us secure the greatest most precious gifts God could ever loan us. Now, @mrsjaeh & i have been forced to add to that dubious task in searching far & wide for an equally qualified president for a country i have never given up on but always felt disappointed by. We went from 1 of the great presidents of our history (whether believed by some or not) to a clown. We will go from perhaps the greatest first family & first lady the White House ever housed to perhaps the worst. I walked in from work last night about 7pm with a bad feeling about the way the night would go. I was told i was off. I was proven obviously not off. I have grossly witnessed for 8 years OUR president (whether racist bigoted redneck uneducated sexist limited humans & even those brown...embraced that he was THEIRS as well or not) be consistently called out of his powerful proper title of PRESIDENT Obama. I was so incensed that i started calling him President President Obama. I will never call this person elected by my lost country ANYthing but Donald. I might add Duck or Chump depending on the day. My pARTner @demontpinder did this painting to accompany the 1st release from upcoming music project. This record, 'Bloodshed' is apropos for where i feel we have existed as a country as much as our soldiers & many good cops have helped in preventing this. This selection of Donald alone.....Bloodshed. I AM FUCKING PISSED AS FUCK. Yes, my fellow soulful followers....trust that my tribe & i will pour into GOD & Faith per always. 400,000 conversations never had between the citizens of our country has left us here. And other countries who support, root for or even simply fiscally depend on us....are left here too. Shame. God is also ok with anger. God is ok hearing those of us wise say, ONLY He can "Nanny" this mess.

    A photo posted by Omari Hardwick (@omarihardwickofficial) on

  • Samuel L. Jackson

    Before the election: The actor joined the anti-Trump movement in claiming, “If that motherf---er becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa.”

    After the election: While he has yet to come out with a statement since the election, some Twitter users in South Africa are ready to welcome him:

  • Bryan Cranston

    Before the election: Cranston voiced his anti-Trump sentiment in strongly proclaiming, “Absolutely, I would definitely move,” and then adding “It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t.”

    After the election: He has yet to further discuss his plans to leave, but his Tweets indicate that he is trying to take less extreme actions and hoping for the best.

  • Lena Dunham

    Before the election: A very pro-Clinton Lena Dunham made her statement on the matter: "I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver.”

    After the election: Dunham stayed mum on social media directly following Election Night. On Friday, she broke her silence in an Instagram post in which she addressed all of the users who "demanded" she follow through with her plans to move. "For those demanding I move to Canada based on something I said when this man seemed like a steak salesman with a long shot at the presidency: stay busy reveling in your new regime," she wrote. "I will go many places during my lifetime, surrounded by kindreds on a mission to spread justice and light."

  • Neve Campbell

    Before the election: Neve Campbell, a Canadian native, vowed to move back home if the election favored Donald Trump. 

    After the election: She has not made a statement since the election regarding her plans.

  • Barbra Streisand

    Before the election: When an Australian reporter asked about her travel plans if Trump were to be elected, Streisand answered, "He has no facts. I don't know, I can't believe it. I'm either coming to your country [Australia], if you'll let me in, or Canada."

    After the election: Despite an email sent out from her rep to the media Tuesday saying that "her reflection on the outcome will be posted on [her] social media sites immediately after the election is decided," she has yet to comment.

  • Ne-Yo

    Before the election: Like Snoop, Ne-Yo said that if Trump were to be elected, he would move to Canada to be neighbors with Drake. 

    After the election: He hasn't said whether he'll follow through yet, but he has retweeted several accounts’ posts about the crash of the Canadian immigration site. Only time will tell if Ne-Yo decides to make the move to the Six. 

  • Chelsea Handler

    Before the election: Chelsea Handler jumped the gun and went ahead and bought a house just in case. She told a reporter, “I did buy a house in another country just in case…so all these people that threaten to leave the country and then don’t — I actually will leave that country.”

    After the election: On the post-election episode of her Netflix talk show, Handler said, "It's so easy to say throw in the towel and that we're going to leave or I'm going to move to Spain, because I want to move to Spain. I really, really want to move to Spain right now." But the comedian said her co-workers have spoken to her about staying and using her platform instead. "Everyone in my office is like 'You have a responsibility, you have a voice and you need to use it, and you have to be here,'" she said.

  • Jon Stewart

    Before the election: The show host was thinking like Cher and claimed he would leave the planet if Trump were to be elected. He said he would consider “getting in a rocket and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers.”

    After the election: No update yet on if (or how) he plans to do this.

  • Keegan-Michael Key

    Before the election: Keegan-Michael Key took a more practical approach to the matter than Jon Stewart's and Cher's plans to leave the planet. In discussing his plans to move to Canada, he said, “It’s like, 10 minutes from Detroit. That’s where I’m from; my mom lives there. It’d make her happy too.”

    After the election: He reiterated those comments on The Daily Show to host Trevor Noah, without saying he's actually moving: "I feel like I should have just stayed at home in Detroit and lived there, because I'm so close to Canada, I'm so close. I could have just moved like that [snaps fingers]."

  • Chloe Sevigny

    Before the election: The actress seemed to have it all planned out when she responded to the "Where would you go if Trump became president" question in two simple words: Nova Scotia. 

    After the election: She chimed in on the election, but has yet to address any plans to move.



    A photo posted by Chloe Sevigny (@chloessevigny) on

  • Eddie Griffin

    Before the election: The comedian put Trump in his place early in the race when he told a reporter, "He's good at making money, but he's ignorant ... If Trump wins, I'm moving to Africa."

    After the election: Griffin hasn't said anything more about leaving America, but his hyperactive Twitter account reflects his frustration and his fears about racial tensions. 

  • Amber Rose

    Before the election: Amber Rose was certainly fired up, telling a reporter, "I can't even think about it! I'm moving, I'm out! I can't. And I am taking my son with me!"

    After the election: She hasn't elaborated on her exit strategy, but she has been very vocal about her disappointment with the state of Florida.