Man launches website to lure Trump-sick Americans to Cape Breton – says he’s got ‘serious’ inquiries

Rob Calabrese says he's received hundreds of "serious" inquiries about moving to Cape Breton if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. Screenshot

Are you American and worried about Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States? Well, move to Canada – Cape Breton, specifically, says one man from the island.

Rob Calabrese, a radio host in Sydney, Nova Scotia created the “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins” website on Tuesday to show people the beauty of the rural island.

“It is a website meant to highlight the features of Cape Breton,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “And I guess it’s targeted towards Americans who would… not want to live in a country where Donald Trump is president.”

The website started as a tongue-in-cheek attempt to get more people interested in Cape Breton.  But, Calabrese said, he’s received serious inquiries from “hundreds” of Americans.

“I didn’t expect it to go this far,” he said. “They saw the site and they see the way of life in Cape Breton, its rural place, we have great people, beautiful landscapes… and they think ‘you know what this could be for me.’”

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In one e-mail given to Global News with the contact information redacted, a person claiming to be in the “hotbed of conservatism” Indianapolis, Indiana said they “can’t deal with Trump.”

“I’ve done job searches out of curiosity,” the unidentified person wrote in an email. “And frankly, your University may just be calling my name. And What a beautiful place to live!”

Moving to Canada is often the reaction of people upset with some development in American politics – whether it’s taking in Syrian refugees (though Canada took in more), the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage (though it’s been legal in Canada since 2005), or – more relevantly – if Donald Trump becomes president.

The idea, as far as we can tell, is usually not followed through on (though there has been an influx of Americans moving to Canada after large political events).

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Despite leading in national polls, and winning the New Hampshire primary, some of Trump’s campaign promises have been mocked – including creating a registry of Muslims and building a wall across the US-Mexico border and getting the Mexican government to pay for it. Calabrese’s website picks up on that.

“Don’t wait until Donald Trump is elected president to find somewhere else to live!” the website reads. “Start now, that way, on election day, you just hop on a bus to start your new life in Cape Breton, where women can get abortions, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only ‘walls’ are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses.”

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