Which Jewish celebs will make exodus from US if Trump wins?

A look at some of the Jewish pop-culture icons whose potential expatriate status hangs in the balance as Americans cast their ballots.

November 8, 2016 18:03
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, US November 7, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Would aliya be on the horizon for the handful of Jewish-American celebrities who have vowed to leave the US if Donald Trump becomes president?

Take a look at some of the Jewish pop-culture icons whose potential expatriate status hangs in the balance as Americans cast their ballots Tuesday in the US presidential election.

Amy Schumer (Reuters)

Funny woman Amy Schumer earlier this year quipped that she would leave the country, possibly to Spain, if the Republican presidential nominee wins the White House race.

“My act will change because I’ll need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain, or somewhere," she said in September. "It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s too crazy.”

Chelsea Handler (Reuters)

The queen of late-night comedy, Chelsea Handler, also said she would make like Exodus and leave the country if Hillary Clinton fails to clinch the presidency.

“I did buy a house in another country just in case, so all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don't, I will leave the country,” she said in May.

Lena Dunham (Reuters)

Lena Dunham, popularly-known for her HBO hit series 'Girls,' said in April that she had her sights set on Canada if the real-estate mogul trumps the election.

"I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will," she said . "I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there."

Jon Stewart (Reuters)

Comedian Jon Stewart quipped last year that a Trump win would no sooner bring the brash billionaire back to the 'The Daily Show' than it would prompt the satire program's then-host to completely leave Earth.

“I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers,” he told People magazine.

In addition, iconic Jewish singer Barbra Streisand said during an interview with Australian TV that she will move to Australia or Canada if Trump is elected president of the United States.

Streisand, 74, who has endorsed Clinton and is known as a Democratic Party supporter, made the threat to move during an interview Sunday aired on the local version of “60 Minutes.”

“He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada,” Streisand told Sydney journalist Michael Usher.

JTA contributed to this report.

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