Add Hillary Clinton to the list of celebrities threatening to book a one-way ticket out of the U.S. after Election Day 2016 in November.
Hillary Clinton is more than a celebrity per se, however. She is, of course, the front-runner for the Democrat presidential nomination who swept through this week’s Super Tuesday primaries by winning Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Other celebrities who claim they are fleeing a Trump-governed America include Jon Stewart, Al Sharpton, Neve Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Cher, Raven-Symone, and Samuel L. Jackson, so apparently LAX and/or Canadian border crossings could be busy after the ballots are counted, depending on which candidate prevails.
Rival Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator, won his home state and Oklahoma on Super Tuesday. An independent socialist running as a Democrat, Sanders has vowed to continue his campaign.
Bernie Sanders spent his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union as part of his official duties as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, but has not commented on any official travel plans during a potential Donald Trump presidency.
On the Republican side, controversial businessman and front-runner Donald Trump won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont on Super Tuesday.
According to the Weekly Standard, Hillary Clinton told supporters in a fundraising email that she could be “outta here” if Trump wins the White House and wants them to chip in at least $1 each to prevent that from happening.
“I don’t want to live in President Donald Trump’s America any more than you do. I’m proud of what we accomplished on Super Tuesday, but I’m under no illusion that this race is even close to over…”
While Clinton is the odds-on favorite to win her party’s nomination, the situation is complicated by the ongoing FBI investigation into the email/private server scandal as it relates to the handling or mishandling of classified information, as well as the activities of the Clinton Foundation.
The U.S. Justice Department has granted legal immunity to an ex-State Department employee who was involved in setting up and managing the private email server Hillary Clinton used while Secretary of State, the Washington Post reported.
“The [unnamed senior law enforcement] official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009…[A Clinton campaign spokesman] said the campaign is ‘pleased’ that Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before a congressional panel in September, is now cooperating with prosecutors. The campaign had encouraged Pagliano to testify before Congress.”
About a week ago, the hashtag #WhichHillary was the top trending item on Twitter after Hillary Clinton was confronted by a Black Lives Matter protester at a South Carolina fundraiser.
Users with the #WhichHillary hashtag raised a variety of issues apart from their dissatisfaction over mass incarcerations resulting from the 1996 crime bill signed into law by her husband, such as her close financial ties to Wall Street, her vote in favor of the Iraq War, and her role as Secretary of State in helping to orchestrate the Libyan bombing campaign, which turned that country into an ISIS enclave. Others questioned her feminist credentials given her support for her husband’s alleged extracurricular activities and assailed her flip-flop on marriage equality and her support for international trade deals.
The people of Detroit know the real cost of Hillary Clinton's free trade policies. pic.twitter.com/OoatUvhEc9— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 3, 2016
On the other side of the aisle, some members of the so-called GOP establishment, including Karl Rove, seem intent on trying to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination because he, in their view, is not a true conservative or an appropriate party standard-bearer. Mitt Romney delivered a speech today blasting the New York real estate mogul as a reckless con man and a fake, for example. If things play as they have been since Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, his market share may likely only increase rather than decrease.
This apparently was reflected by the unprecedented voter turnout on Super Tuesday in the GOP primaries, according to the Associated Press.
“Exit polls conducted for the Associated Press and other media across nine of the states showed Trump drawing significant support across educational, ideological, age and income classifications: Even among voting groups where he was weakest, he maintained enough strength to deny Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio any chance of catching him.”
Turnout could be an issue for Team Clinton, however, the New York Times explained.
“But buried beneath Mrs. Clinton’s wide-ranging and commanding victories on Tuesday night were troubling signs of a party that has not yet rallied to her call. Democratic turnout has fallen drastically since 2008, the last time the party had a contested primary, with roughly three million fewer Democrats voting in the 15 states that have held caucuses or primaries through Tuesday, according to unofficial election results tallied through Wednesday afternoon. It declined in almost every state, dropping by roughly 50 percent in Texas and 40 percent in Tennessee. In Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia, the number of Democrats voting decreased by between a quarter and a third…It stands in sharp contrast to the flood of energized new voters showing up at the polls to vote for Donald J. Trump in the Republican contest.”
Do you think that Hillary Clinton or any other luminary will actually exit the U.S. should Donald Trump become the next president?
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