In the run-up to every U.S. presidential election, Republicans and Democrats alike threaten to move to Canada should their candidate lose.
It seems as though little thought has been given to the American citizens who already live abroad, however.
Eva Janke-Furman, a transgender ACAD student from the U.S., says that on election night, Nov. 8, she was tracking the campaign with mother in Minnesota.
“I knew what was about to happen when Pennsylvania went red,” she said in an interview after the results were in and Donald Trump became president-elect.
“I wasn’t surprised about Michigan though,” she added.
Janke-Furman, whose parents are a same-sex couple, said that they were disappointed and afraid for their future.
“It’s hard to imagine the country getting together and electing somebody who is so openly hostile towards my family.”
Janke-Furman added that her parents have every right to feel uneasy about the next four years.
Obviously, nobody knows exactly what impact a Trump presidency would have on the LGBTQ community, but Trump has repeatedly voiced his opposition to gay marriage.
He has also been endorsed by the KKK and has been accused of promoting the oppression of minority groups, including Muslims, Mexicans and women.
“It’s because he has power, and he’s always had power because he’s rich,” said Janke-Furman.
“He says a lot of really hateful things, and now he knows that America finds it acceptable.”
Janke-Furman’s roommate, Cameron Briggs, is also an American, studying at ACAD.
Briggs, who is originally from California, said that since the election, she has been wishing she was back home with her friends and family.
“It’s just so scary thinking about all of my friends back home right now and what they’re going through.”
That said, Briggs is also glad that studying in Canada has given her a foot in the door towards immigration, and she is seriously investigating her options.
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump’s rhetoric became so distasteful that Briggs disconnected from social media in an effort to distance herself from the campaign.
She left Facebook, she turned off her television and stopped reading the news.
It’s hard to imagine the country getting together and electing somebody who is so openly hostile towards my family. – Eva Janke-Furman
Her goal, she said, was to wait until she went home for Christmas break to find out whether Hillary Clinton, or Trump, had won.
What actually happened, of course, was that Briggs was approached by a friend the morning after the election who came to offer her his condolences on Trump’s victory.
“I was really sad to find out Trump won, and I didn’t shy away from how sad it made me.”