It is not only progressives and Democrats who are contemplating emigration in wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s electoral victory this week. The website of the ministry of immigration of Canada was overwhelmed with inquiries when Trump won the election after numerous celebrities vowed to emigrate to the northern neighbor of the United States. No such anomaly was reported for Mexico, which is temporarily taking in thousands of migrants from Central America and Africa who are headed towards the United States.
Among those who are planning to leave the United States are some Never-Trump Republicans. In a report by POLITICO, among them is Peter Wehner, who served at the White House during the George W. Bush administration. When he was asked how he felt about Trump’s victory, he said: “Shocked, actually, like most Americans. And like most Trump supporters.” He suggested that he may emigrate to New Zealand. Another possible emigrant is Fergus Cullen, who the website identified as a critic of Trump. Having underestimated Trump’s appeal and the level of popular support, Cullen said he is contemplating life in Montreal. “I’m humbled by this,” said Cullen.
Other Trump critics, such as David French, said that Trump’s supporters are now experiencing a “sense of vengeful glee” for having defeated “not just the mainstream media and the left but the conservative intelligentsia and the conservative establishment.” French admitted that Trump’s opponents have little power to shape the Republican Party in the short or mid-term and thus will be “homeless” and “up for grabs.” predicted David French, a conservative Trump critic who considered mounting a third-party run, describing the scenario of a Trump victory in an interview before the election.
“Those opposed to Trump have minimal to non-existent ability to shape the short-term, medium-term direction of the party," French fretted. "The party is tied to him for the 2020 re-elect ... if Trump’s expressed nationalist views, protectionist views become the norm, his unconcern for social issues well outside the ideology millions of Americans, they will immediately become homeless, and to a degree be up for grabs.” One of Trump’s critics, who differed on the candidate’s rhetoric and immigration policy, is Alfonso Aguilar. Having noted that 29% of Latinos voted for Trump (thus garnering more Latino support than Mitt Romney did in 2012) Aguilar said he is committed to helping Trump. The former Bush administration official tweeted:
If @realDonaldTrump wins, as a Latino conservative I'll work with him on many issues we agree on + also 2 address immigration constructively— Alfonso Aguilar (@amigoaguilar) November 9, 2016
Some prominent members of the Never Trump movement have been philosophical about Trump's victory, or silent. In the former category is author and conservative columnist George Weigel. Writing at the National Review -- the flagship magazine for conservatives -- Weigel wrote that there is good news and bad news as a result of Trump's election. "The bad news remains: Donald J. Trump is president-elect of the United States. Like others who opposed his nomination and declined to vote for him, I hope he continues to show the magnanimity displayed in his victory speech, which was not, to put it gently, a hallmark of his campaign — even as I hope that he reconsiders some of his more bizarre positions while following through on his promises to pro-life and pro-religious-freedom-in-full voters."
Balancing out the "bad news," wrote Weigel is that Hillary Clinton was defeated along with her identity politics. More good news, he wrote, is the prospect that conservatives may be appointed to the Supreme Court. Seeking to strike a balance again, Weigel wrote:
"The good news is that some long-neglected issues — such as the condition of those who haven’t benefited from the economic dynamism of globalization and the transformations of economic life caused by the IT revolution — have been put on the national agenda as never before. The bad news is that no one, including Trump, has much of an idea of how to empower those who have fallen through the floorboards during globalization, and his promise of a trillion dollars of infrastructure spending doesn’t begin to address the question of those men who have willfully dropped out of the work force in what is one part of a larger moral-cultural crisis in America. Some serious, creative, innovative thinking is needed on this front, which is one where center-left and center-right might actually find some common ground."