Canadian Island Offering Refuge for Americans Fleeing a Trump Presidency

February 18, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
February 18, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) Canada’s Cape Breton Island has become the unofficial escape option for their neighbors to the south should Donald Trump manage to be elected the next president of the United States. A website promoting the plan greets visitors with the following:

“Hi Americans! Donald Trump may become the President of your country! If that happens, and you decide to get the hell out of there, might I suggest moving to Cape Breton Island!”

What began as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek jab at the surprising support for the brash, xenophobic, and oddly anti-Iraq war billionaire candidate, the website Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins quickly garnered over 10,000 hits — and a number of serious inquiries.

Local radio DJ Rob Calabrese, who created the site, told CTV Atlantic“There are millions of people on this continent who, if they knew about the lifestyle here on Cape Breton, they would think, ‘This is for me.’”

According to the website, Cape Breton is experiencing a population decline and would therefore welcome newcomers with open arms. Prominently mentioned among reasons to consider this move to the island on Canada’s eastern coast are state-sponsored healthcare, diversity, weather comparable to New York City, “the most affordable housing market in North America,” and — though unmentioned — no Donald Trump.

A link on Calabrese’s site directs visitors to the site for Cape Breton Island tourism; and Destination Cape Breton CEO Mary Tulle said the link had resulted in more than 2,000 hits on Tuesday, alone — originating from Delaware, Oregon, Texas, and other states around the U.S.

Though Calabrese didn’t necessarily intend to create a flurry of interest in Cape Breton, he explained he will do his best to help those with serious questions about the move — including several concerning the process for legal immigration he’s already received. And he understands why people in the U.S. might be making escape arrangements at the prospect of Trump taking over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As he explained:

“It’s scary. I know I wouldn’t want to live in a country where he’s leader.”


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. Funny, isn´t it? Do not fight for your home, just escape. The same scum allowing these things happening in the US would not be welcome anywhere on earth.

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  2. Then, those ex-Americans can be subjects of Justin Trudeau! Out of the fire and into the frying pan! That kid getting elected Prime Minister is even more baffling than the seriously-unqualified Barack Hussein Obama getting elected President down here…twice! The Idiocracy knows no borders!

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  3. I hate Trump too, but I guess the silver-lining would be a lot of gun control advocates leaving the country. Might be okay with that.

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  4. Sampson Crowley, he might lead it but it would be from the rear. Nobody is ready to be the first one shot.

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  5. Thank you, Cape Breton Island! I'm getting my passport, and getting ready to pack, just in case! Do you accept cats too? I have 2 that will need to come with me.

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  6. I'd move there in a heartbeat — But Canada won't take you if you've had anything even remotely connected to a DUI.

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  7. Yes they accept cats. There's a large population of malnourished grey seals on the island 🙂

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  8. Should be good to go then. We send all our DUI drivers to PEI. They don't have a lot of cars there.

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  9. Paul Vaneizenga I know this was said in jest, but since racial tensions are so high in this country, in all seriousness, I really think only my fellow African Americans due to their racial heritag and history can even come close to speaking of the real horrors of REAL slavery and the repurcussions of it (racial and economic dsparity, racism) instead of some uncomfortale inconveniences and things you simply disagree with or prefer not to have….only my people can really tell of the horrors of living in a post slavery society, stop playing please you have never picked cotton for 18 hours a day, been raped by your master, been beaten for something stupid like trying to read, been stripped of your right to literaly be counted as a human being, or had your family separated from you for the sole purpose only of keeping you down. Just a few things real slaves had to deal with.

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  10. Guess you'll be left behind with all the gun nuts and will most likely be shot/killed as soon as that dumbass Trump makes it leagal to just shoot anyone for anything. But, that's not going to happen because the asshole will NEVER be president.

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  11. Yolanda Rice have you gone through all that ? No. So you don't know how that is. You should stop playing too. Look at it this way. If "your people" weren't brought here to be slaves you'd be living in Africa possibly piss poor. I'm just being honest but I hope you understand that there's no room for bringing up this topic over politics and a new beginning for some if it ends up happening.

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  12. Cj Renteria that was an ignorant comment and one fueled by the media most likely. How narrow minded of you to basically tell someone they should be thankful their ancestors were slaves or they might have been worse off. Don't be so ready to regurgitate what the media has taught you. Have you actually checked your stats on Africa? Most likely not.

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  13. when you have Trump as president, gun control will be the LEAST of your problems, buddy.

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  14. "Do not fight for your home, just escape"
    I think you are unfamiliar with the concept of democracy then…
    If Trump is elected (which I don't think he will be, but for the sake of argument) that means that people of the US elected him. So, how are you planning to fight against the will of the people?

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  15. No apostrophe necessary in a plural ("whiners."). Typical T Rump supporter — grammar & spelling never past 6th grade level.

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  16. None of which address the problem of malnourished grey seals on Cape Breton Island.

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  17. NO. And you can damn well forget about trying to snealk Justin Bieber back into Canada too!

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  18. This almost sounds too good to be true. Is it possible? I am finding that I loathe the very concept that there are enough people in our country to make this fiasco of a monster a "genuine" candidate to run our nation. Is there something like a Chamber of Commerce there that will share information on emigrating there? I am actually interested.

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  19. Don't worry when Trump runs this country to the ground and you come knocking on the island door, I'll be standing there like a bouncer "we are filled to capacity. Get back to the end of the line."

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  20. No you are gonna need them when you realize the only people left in the country are self absorbed, racist, lazy 1%ers or low income whites who don't wanna work.

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  21. Trump wants your guns .. So staying to be disarmed and put into government concentration camps for liking freedom and rights sounds like a bad plan . except for the people in government power. Lol .

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  22. Lila DeWolffe I, as a US Marine, would consider this an HONOR to be the first to set into motion a series of events that might lead to true freedom for not only my countrymen, which I've sworn to protect, but humanity. Once American citizens WAKE UP AND FUCKING FIGHT THE SYSTEM OPPRESSING US, then we, as the whole of humanity (99%), would truly have freedom. FREE KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION, NATURAL LAW. I'd happily volunteer for that. Fuck the man; I'll die for my people.

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  23. Daniel Postle how many people does he have to kill? Impeach him you say? I say hang him, Killary, and Kissinger in Times Square and livestream it on a totally free site with no age verification to everyone around the world. I think that's a little justice. Who would agree? Disagree?

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  24. Yolanda Rice, you've forgotten our country's history of indentured servitude. That form of slavery didn't always have an end, was passed on to the children in the event of death, and was not effected by the emancipation proclamation. Until labor laws came into play to stop it, debt slavery kept 'employees' from leaving businesses that worked them close to death and paid them starvation wages.

    Have black people suffered in this country? Yes. So have the Irish, the Chinese, a variety pack of religious denominations, homosexuals (who still don't have full civil rights), and anyone from anywhere in the Middle East. The world is no longer only black or white. It would serve you better to throw some Technicolor into your thinking.

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  25. Yolanda Rice , that was racist as fuck. Racism is the damn problem and further pointing towards it will not do. You think only blacks have had problems? Have you heard of umm actually litterslly everyone else. All of us have had 0 problems with slavery. But like you, our ancestors had it rough as fuck so stop bitching like being black makes you special. All races have been victim of slavery and oppression. Not one person alive today in America has tho. You don't here the Asians bitching about what happened in the 40's or in the old west. The Irish are not complaining about the crap jobs no one else would take. Infact the only people with a "right" to complain over any of that is the ones still being treated like complete shit (speaking of natives obviously). I'm nat saying racism isnt a problem cause it definitely is but no body you have ever met was a black slave in america to a white person so get off the fake ass horse like the rest of us non english born folks.

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  26. It's not yours,get out,they ruined it. Always the same excuses but yet things do not change.

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  27. Yolanda Rice Unless your people have found the secret to immortality, no one of any nationality is alive to speak of anything that took place during the 1800s. It was an atrocity, but you cannot let what happened 200 years ago define who you are. You are not a victim. You are responsible for your own actions.

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  28. Piss f… America liberals can stay wherever they are ! We don't need anymore god dam liberals in Canada!
    It's only liberals who are afraid of trump, if he gets in the gravy train is over !

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  29. Yolanda Rice actually these things happen in borma to muslims they take the muslim kids and and slave them as dogs. and the older ones gets burned alive or so

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  30. Yolanda Rice im pretty sure that the guy with a Palestinian flag in his profile picture has the right to talk about being a slave

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  31. It will take people at least two years to legally immigrate and obtain their Permanent Residency in Canada.

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  32. I am the man with the implanted surveillance. My plight and condition could only have occurred in a corrupt society. I apply for refuge.

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  33. Are you kidding me???.. really we finally get a guy that isn't in it for the money like all the rest of the government and you people wanna bail…. I say bail… and plz do right away cause you all a bunch of lossers and shouldn't be in the united states anyways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Hey, you could do a mass suicide that nobody would care about!!.. if you can't stand with somebody who isn't in olitic's for the money then,, honestly where do you stand when most politicians should have to wair a nascar uniforn for the sponcers.. atleast you know who they work for…………..

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  35. Christopher Mason language please! An asshole is a legit and respectable part of the human body, it deals, mostly with out complaint and few rewards, with a lifetime of our shit. A hemorrhoid, on the other hand, is a DEFECTIVE asshole, mostly just a bloody pain in the ass. So, please show respect where respect is due, before your own asshole decides to disrespect you in painful and embarrassing ways.

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  36. I was kinda toying with the idea of what would be the reception to American refugees asking Syria for help – or Israel for that matter…

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  37. wow, exactly, community does prove me right, 90% seeking for excuses like they did before. Government is to strong, resistance is a hard and risky job….. well let me applaud you than, it got to come much harder until you understand two things very important. 1st you are not alone and 2nd there are states within the US easy to turn into the next generation of democratic evolution if anybody really would care about common sense. Yours and others democracies showed to be nothing but a stable of corruption and favours and the joke of US equality and freedom proved to be the entire contrary.

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  38. ISN'T IN IT FOR THE MONEY??? Oh my god… I thought Trump's stupidity couldn't be topped, but I guess he was already playing second fiddle to his fans. Trump is literally in it ONLY for money.

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  39. You're welcome to them, Cape Breton. In fact, I hope they accept your offer even if Trump isn't even the nominee. Good riddance.

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  40. We can accommodate lots of you elsewhere up here as well … especially Bernie Sanders and his supporters, so we can initiate a new party to counter recent moves by previously trusted Canadian politicians to suppress free speech.

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  41. And none of those things has ever happened to you or anyone you know either idiot. The Irish were slaves long before Africans were ever brought to this country not to mention the 100 million native Americans that were slaughtered . So before you start playing this slave card get ur facts straight and stop whining. Your sense of entitlement is what is wrong , not something that happened 200 years ago.

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  42. Please take back Cruz. He is one of the creepiest guys I've ever seen!

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  43. I understand, my fellow Americans. But at lesat make sure you vote for someone else before you flee the US

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  44. What about one of these for the Bush Presidency? Bunch of hysterical hippies you are. I am actually considering moving back to the States if he wins. I'll accept your house if you are to much in a hury and can't find a buyer, of any of you poor refugees.

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  45. Well, you guys DID vote in Obama…. twice. Hopefully Trump can fix the mess Obana's leaving. Go Trump!! America needs a winner.

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  46. Amanda Victor hate to tell you this, but as a moderate, who is neither liberal nor conservative I can tell you, Trumps political policies will have a very nasty impact on both our international standing and economically. Trump's not a good choice. I'm not opposed to a GOP winner, just as long as it's not Trump.

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  47. Jay C Campbell um excuse me? Who says " low income whites" font wanna work? The whole REASON my family is low income is BECAUSE we work. We don't qualify BECAUSE we make our own income.

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  48. Trump is a Democrat in actuality, so why would Democrats flee a Democrat's successful false flag operation against the Republicans?

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  49. Amanda Victor Right on Amanda! A Record Stock market, Bin Laden dead, unemployment below 5 % Gas prices below $2.00 don't know how much more of Obama we can STAND!

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  50. Yolanda Rice neither have you personally. But if you want to bring up history? Every person of Irish decent can claim the same priviledge.

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  51. Brian Crane Haha. I'm sure cats are not on their list of preferred menus. Too hairy…..pfthtu! pjthtu!

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  52. Hey John sounds like you do qualify but maybe TOO proud to ask for help…
    But ya know what only idiots keep suffering and drag their families down with em.
    Swallow your fucking pride and feed your family…HOW EVER NECESSARY! STOP BLAMING THE POOR FOR YOU BEING ABUSED BY A BROKEN SYSTEM YOU FALL VICTIM TO.

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  53. Jay C Campbell Think about what your saying. Most of the rich people, not all, worked their way tol riches. Not all are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Liberals, for the most part, can not stand anyone who has any type of success and not give it to the ones who have not earned it. Sounds like you are one of those liberals!

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  54. And by the way do you really think there are no low income whites who don't wanna work?
    Stop FOLLOWING FOX NEWS.

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  55. Sounds like a lovely place, but there's a catch: If you're not retired, the Canadian government requires that you secure the promise of a job from a Canadian company in order to legally emigrate.

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  56. Ms. Guerra: Seriously, you'd move from Paris back to the Land of Idiots and Illiterates?

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  57. No actuallu hes pro second amendment, maybe you should go to his website and look at his policies before you speak lies

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  58. Hey Kathleen, why don't you try walking off a cliff instead? It will cheaper and much more effective. 😉

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  59. Sorry Judy, there's no Golden Corral buffets there to stuff your fat face! You'll have to forage for your meals like the local bears. lol

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  60. Roger Goodman Where was he when gas was $4, where is he now when the market has lossed 18%, his common core math with unemployment calculations, where will he be when Iran has built the bomb with his stupid agreement, where will he or maybe you be when the gitmo prisoners are in your backyard, we bitched and fillibustered Judge Alito about ideaology but now cries that the GOP will not allow him. People now paying more for their healthcare and being fined. Give me a break. I am not saying Trump is the best answer but it sure in the hell was not Obama

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  61. Pepper Lombardo
    no problems with success, just hate people who have problems blaming it on…OTHER PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS!
    But the catch 22 is you repubes think that liberals want to live off the gov. but YOU want to live off the rich. What the fuck is the difference? at least the gov. regulates civil rights. The rich are the ones cutting your jobs, NOT TAXES. "I have to pay more in taxes damn, well i guess i can cut 10 jobs instead of selling 5 of my beach homes". But i guess that makes sense to you.

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  62. Kurt Henschel Donald Trump IS "Nascar", and you'd better BELIEVE he's not in this for anyone but himself!

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  63. Kyle Phil YOu must have forgotten where the stock market and uneployment were when Obama took office and gas was $4.00 a gallon before he took office too. As far as the health care law, there are some good things in there some not so good things in there and that "fine" as you call it was designed to keep people from "freeleoading" off of the system and "freeloaders" are something that conservatives are constantly bitching about. You raise valid concernes and issues with regard to Gitmo and the Supreme court…..but remember that the Iranian agreement wasn't simply a unilateral agreement……….there were several nations involved. Now as far as Trump goes, All I have heard from him is hate speech…..gonna deport millions illegals Ok…how dose he plan to accomplish that? Build a giant wall? "bomb" the shit out of people? return to torture? and how about killing the familys of our enemies? know who did that? HItler and the Nazi's I fear a trump or Cruz presidency more then any other in my lifetime. While I probably would not have voted for any of the Republicans …the only three who even acted like adults, not crazy and mature or me to be comfotable with were kasich, Bush, and Paul…and they are either gone or have a foot out the door…..and whats left are dangerous demegogues or a lightweight freshman senator who by the way was an "anchor baby"

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  64. Tim C Fulton That's OK, I don't even know what a Golden Corral is. I just hope there are no morons like you there.

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  65. Gathering my Tribe to begin MOVING to Cape Breton. Seriously, this America will not be safe for those of African Descent, etc.

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  66. Brian Crane: No, I wasn't referring about passing and failing. He never had an education PAST 6th grade. Nice try,though.

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  67. Amanda Victor what mess he left you Bush left smh Obama did better then the other presidents ..you think trump would be better he is a racist but I guess racist people would love him as president

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  68. So….Canada is not offering anything, a radio dj decided to boost the island's population & offered this. Silly, misleading title. Not that I'd leave anyway, but keep hearing people saying "other countries are offering amnesty if he becomes President"…come on now….!

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  69. I think anyone leaving America because the Donald is president should not be here anyway, take Obama with you!

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  70. What are they talking about, "legal immigration"? Aren't those fleeing the horrible USA, just going to flood across the southern boarder just like they've been doing in the USA? Or should I just say the SA because there's not really much that's United about us anymore.

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  71. You are right. Thank you Obama, for cutting from medicare and my handicapped elderly mother sleeps on a matress where coils are already visible , and hurting her. I am nor republican, nor democrat, but all I know is that , before Obama, you just needed a prescription from the doctor to get what you need. Now, they have to fill paper after paper, after paper, in order to get something necessary. They have to show proof ( like why an 80 year old handicapped needs those things- even if she is on the 3rd medical bed), of why they need these. Hey, who knows maybe she is fit to work for another 10 years or so….. I came here from an ex-communist country, so I can see the difference. The only problem is, that lately, I don't see differences any more. I was an optimist all my life , until now, and I am sick and tired of fighting the government at every corner. I thought that The Government is for the people, by the people and we tell them what to do, not the other way around. Love the country, love the people, but really…people need to wake up and smell the cappuccino….before it's to late ! Or…. already is? And by the way, I don't care about what color is your skin, I care about if you are a human being or not ! Forced, to have healthcare and if you are too poor and on Medi-Cal, or Medicaid, you are stuck where you can go for help. But god forbidden, if you don't have insurance, as poor as you are, you have to pay a fine. And where all those money from the fines goes? Cause for sure, they don't go back into helping people. Just saying…..

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  72. I live in New Zealand and cannot believe Americans have let Trump get this far!!! I'm terrified for you all and the world if he actually wins.Be careful what you wish for!you just might get it..scary stuff, maybe Kim Kardashian can be Vice President: (((((

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  73. Joshua Gist Cool story.. millions seem to disagree, sorry

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  74. Roger Goodman BS.. Our soldiers did the hard work, obama just took the credit. He had nothing to do with the gas dropping. And only a fool would believe it's really only %5.. He he has done is took our debt from 10 to 20 trillion.. It took 30+ years to get to the first 10 and he added 10 more in only 8.. WOW! Worst jobs and growth president in USA history.. Sorry buddy, but he is crap.. Thanks for playing " I win", the game where if you see me comment, I normally win!

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  75. Luis Colon How is he a racist? Sure I disagree with how he words stuff, but in NO way has he done anything to prove he is racist.. Now quit acting like a little baby… He is racist… He is rude… he wants to deport illegals who broke the law to get here… Wait, that's not racist….

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  76. Jacob You'll enjoy Adolf Hitler's memoirs of his service in Haganah & IDF, then!

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  77. Roger Goodman you forget that Hitler and Nazi is a Socialist party. So interesting how people, including yourself, move that to the other side when convienent. Do you also mean the Obama who says just go kill via drone, no trial and etc, and waterboarding is bad. Do you mean the same Obama that has protected that IRS what they have done, Hillary for what lack she has done protecting 4 US citizens, and by the way collected and distributing weapons which they were there for. If this was a republican based administration you would be going nuts. I also can say, which you probably cannot, I have voted democrat and republican candiates for local, state, and federal government. For a president that is so much against fossil fuel, you actually think he is making it cheaper. He would want it high just like he stated in San Francisco in 2007 about pushing out fossil fuel and charging and regualting to make them go out of business by making the cost so high for them they cannot stay in business. This President does not want gas low in price.

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