Another election cycle. Another round of American citizens mulling moves to other countries if the outcome doesn’t swing their way.
This time, it’s entertainment legend Barbra Streisand, who told the New York Times she’s been struggling with whether to uproot if Democrats don’t win control of the House on Tuesday.
“I’ve been thinking about, do I want to move to Canada? I don’t know,” she told the Times’s Maggie Haberman. “I’m just so saddened by this thing happening to our country. It’s making me fat. I hear what [President Trump] said now, and I have to go eat pancakes now, and pancakes are very fattening."
Streisand, who lives in California, told the newspaper that she couldn’t think of anything positive Trump has done and that the president “is trying to reverse reality.”
“Truth has always worked for me, so to see the truth defiled every day is very, very painful for me,” she added. “I only can do what I can do.”
Streisand has been promoting her upcoming album, “Walls,” which she said was an outlet through which she could channel her frustration and anger at Trump.
Its first single, titled “Don’t Lie to Me,” doesn’t mention Trump explicitly — but Streisand has said it is essentially her way of speaking directly to the president:
Why can't you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say
Why can’t you feel the tears I cry today?
Cried today, cried today
How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify
Your lips move but your words get in the way
In the way, in the way
Celebrities and other prominent figures threatening to move to a foreign country before (and after) an election has become so common it’s nearly a part of the American political cycle. In 2016, many of those people were Democrats — including Lena Dunham, Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Handler, Bryan Cranston, Neve Campbell and, yes, Streisand — who vowed to leave the United States if Trump won, as the Guardian reported.
As the newspaper noted, however, all of them, including Streisand, have stayed put despite Trump’s presidency — for now.
“Walls” will be released Friday.