Last night, with just days to go before his state dinner with Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau appeared on the CBS show 60 Minutes. His one-on-one interview, pitched squarely at the show’s largely American viewership, served as a primer on the Canadian prime minister, and included hard-hitting revelations like the fact that the House of Commons is where Canadian laws are passed, and also that maybe Kim Cattrall is Justin Trudeau’s mother. (She isn’t.) While many Canadians were critical of the softball questions, the American reaction, at least on Twitter, was far more, um, multifaceted.
Some Americans gobbled up Trudeau’s charm offensive:
So admire Canada's PM Justin Trudeau. Love & courage will always prevail. He's the polar opposite of the hate & bigotry of Trump. @60minutes
— Bill Madden (@activist360) March 7, 2016
60 Minutes feature on Justin Trudeau knocked it out of the park. A breath of fresh air in the midst of our current campaign.
— J.B. Bauersfeld (@JBBauersfeld) March 7, 2016
— Kris Ruhling (@KRuhling) March 7, 2016
Other Americans want Trudeau to pull a Ted Cruz and run for president:
60 Minutes piece on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was a winner. Made one wish he was American born in Canada instead of Cruz
— Alan Pergament (@StillTalkinTV) March 7, 2016
@60Minutes If GOP has contested convention could we draft Justin Trudeau?
— Lawrence E. Gasch (@larrygasch) March 7, 2016
— Michelle Hazen (@michellehazen) March 7, 2016
— The Great Pumpkin (@OhJoyItsOlivia) March 7, 2016
Others went a little further:
— preahkaew (@preahkaew) March 7, 2016
Some Americans got upset when Trudeau said they should pay more attention to the rest of the world:
— Brad C (@clemb9104) March 7, 2016
— T (@tcsorr) March 7, 2016
— KDog (@FastGMan) March 7, 2016
@JustinTrudeau…barely cleaned of his amniotic fluid, wishes US paid "a little more attention to the world." I wish he ate solids.
— Petrina Anne Pyle (@petrinantoinete) March 7, 2016
Other Americans offered nuanced criticism of Trudeau’s refugee policy:
— Red_Devils_23 (@MnUTD23) March 7, 2016