Parachute by MapQuest has launched the #Trexit sweepstakes for one American to win $10,000 to cover relocation expenses to Canada should Trump take the election in November. The contest is running now through November 8, 2016.
In an interview with Lady Freethinker, MapQuest Director of Communications Leila Qualheim stressed that the contest was not about MapQuest taking a political stance, but rather “Parachute (an editorial site) participating in the political conversation and keeping up with what’s currently trending in the United States.”
“Hopefully,” said Qualheim, “people can find some comic relief from the current political climate through #Trexit; all while learning about our neighbor(u)r up north.”
The contest follows Parachute’s 2015 #AvoidTrump map, instructing users how to either “Flee Trump” or “Be Trump” while the candidate toured the country during the primaries. Advice to flee Trump in Seattle included hanging out in a barber shop, because “It’s a well-known fact that hair stylists are the natural enemy of whatever has been occupying the top of The Donald’s head…”
Last March, an Ipsos poll conducted by Global News stated that 19% of Americans would consider leaving the country if Trump were elected president, and 15% would consider the same if Clinton were elected.
So just how serious is this exodus threat?
“It’s hard to say,” said Qualheim. “We do believe this is one of the most contentious presidential races in recent history. We’ve seen unprecedented media coverage and typically unheard-of actions from the candidates, so anything can happen.”
Voluntary self-deportation claims surface every election season, and are slightly more Trump-centered this year. In 2008, Alec Baldwin threatened leave the country if George W. Bush were elected. While Baldwin has remained an American citizen and is now doing Trump impressions on Saturday Night Live, other celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Raven-Symone, Jon Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson, Cher, Jennifer Lawrence, George Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, and Miley Cyrus have promised to pack their bags if Trump wins next month.
Even though the contest is focused on the Never Trump group, Donald’s supporters needn’t feel left out.
“While this particular sweepstakes is centered on Trump, anyone can enter, and should the winner be so inclined, we would encourage them to take a dream vacation if Hillary Clinton wins,” said Qualheim. “In addition, we developed “Run for the Hills” content focused on finding Clinton’s missing emails, where Hillary should relax if she loses the election and more.
And if Trump (or Hillary) loses? MapQuest will “award a consolation prize of $10,000 to the winner to travel the U.S. and discover all of the things that truly make America great,” according to their press release.