CAPE BRETON ISLAND, Nova Scotia — A website for a Canadian island is garnering attention while it touts itself as a refuge for Americans should Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
The new website, cbiftrumpwins.com, stands for “Cape Breton if (Donald) Trump wins,” and according to CBC it has already received 650,000 visits. Part of its success, it appears, stems from its offer to Americans weary of the 2016 race a new home should the controversial businessman be elected president.
Rob Calabrese, a Canadian radio host who lives on the island, says he started the site as a joke. But it became so popular, he added to the site, advocating for its culture, scenery as well as its way of life. The site now reads much like a tourist pamphlet. It also includes information on immigration.
“The reason the whole thing came about was, I’m sure you’ve heard it in the United States, but we’ve heard it in Canada, usually Democrats are the ones that say ‘look, if so-and-so wins the election, that’s it, I’m outta here, I’m moving to Canada,” Calabrese told WBUR in Boston.
“This time because, it’s my understanding that Mr. Trump doesn’t have a lot of fans in the Democratic Party, doesn’t have a lot of fans in the Republican Party as well. We know that the things he says in his campaign make people really nervous.”
Cape Breton Island is a scenic land of about 135,000, but Calabrese says he is concerned over emigration.
“Yes, we have a very serious population problem, an unsustainable population problem where we lose about 1,000 people a year,” he told WBUR.
Destination Cape Breton, the island’s official tourism association, reportedly got a massive influx of online attention as well because Calabrese’s site was also linking to theirs. The first question visitors have been asking? How they can emigrate to Canada.
While cpiftrumpwins.com began as a site against Trump, it has now evolved into a more inclusive campaign.
“But the truth is, we welcome all, no matter who you support, be it Democrat, Republican or Donald Trump,” the home page now reads. “I hope you will stay and learn more about our island, and this summer I hope to see you here in Cape Breton.”
Trump, 69, is gaining momentum in the Republican presidential race after three straight primary victories in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
The real estate mogul has energized supporters with his unapologetic, confident rhetoric, but also isolated others with controversial comments toward women and Muslims.