As 2018 comes to a close, so, too, does a chapter in American history. Following the midterm election this past November, a new Congress will officially be seated in mid-January.
TL;DR Campaigns for the U.S. 2020 presidential race are reportedly about to begin and some Americans have already either vowed or expressed interest in "moving to Canada."
At that moment, Trump's power will be significantly limited. Democrats will command their first majority in the House of Represenatives since 2011, ensuring that almost none of the president's most substantial legislative bills do not become law.
This division will probably make the last two years of Trump's term some of the most contentious is modern American history.
But their newfound power has already emboldened Democrats to look ahead to the presidential election of 2020.
Indeed, the most popular potential contenders for the top spot in the land, including Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren, have already publicly voiced interest in running against Trump. There are rumours that Senator Bernie Sanders is interested in another bid for the presidency, as well.
According to Global News report today, formal presidential campaign launches could come as soon as January.
American campaign periods are notoriously long. Because there are federal elections every two years, some politicians are practically always running.
But if campaigns for president do launch in January 2019, they would begin one of the most extended election seasons in American history.
As soon as speculation about the 2020 election began to trend around the midterm election this past November, Americans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure and utter contempt for their clearly broken electoral system and the excruciatingly long campaign season ahead.
Among these responses, the perennial American promise to "move to Canada" in the event of an unfavourable election outcome made its comeback. There was a notable spike in Twitter uses of the phrase after the election on November 6th.
Some of these Tweets refer specficially to 2020, others simply bemoan the state of American politics.
We all want to move to Canada. Seriously. All of us.— Darcy Cleaver (@FoxyCankles) December 7, 2018
I think I’m going to move to Canada. Sad because almost every male in my family has served this country dating back to the beginning of the US military, but it’s no longer the country they fought to protect.— ALD9119 (@ALD9119) December 7, 2018
SAD makes me want to move to Canada 😂— Jordan (@foundraphael) December 7, 2018
If America fucks up the 2020 election I’m going to REALLY consider moving to Canada.— Heir Gordon 🐐👑™️ (@JustBrent_) November 14, 2018
It was the prospect of another Clinton campaign that put some Americans over the edge.
Moving to Canada after Billary ruins the next election— Natalie🌻🌹💌🌎⚛️⚕💦🌈☮️🌱💋 (@NatalieMae31) November 13, 2018
On one hand, I would enjoy watching Hillary lose again... on the other, Im not sure I can make it through another Trump v Hillary Election... Might seriously considering moving to Canada for a year https://t.co/EWhN3hwRvm— Caleb (@DrSayre) November 12, 2018
I swear to all that is holy and unholy, if the 2020 election is between Trump and Schultz, I'm moving to Iceland. I'd move to Canada, but that's not far enough away— Ben Broakin (@noontide34) November 9, 2018
Some say that the "move to Canada" trope comes from the 1970s. At the height of the Vietnam War, many American men moved temporarily north to escape the military draft.
Of course, Canada was a refuge from cruel American politics and policy long before that. In the decades before the Civil War, it was the final stop on the Underground Railroad, the route by which escaped slaves fled from their captors.
The promise to "move to Canada" has since been appropriated by anyone dissatisfied with the direction of American political trends.
Most hilariously, far-right conservatives also use the phrase, seemingly unaware that many of the policies that progressives pursue in the United States are already law in Canada.
It will only be a matter of time now before thousands of people, including dozens of celebrities, return to Twitter to state thier intention to flee to Canada.