What prominent Torontonians are saying about Donald Trump’s win
You may have heard that the U.S. just elected itself a new president. While roughly 49 per cent of that country celebrates Donald Trump’s victory, Toronto’s political and cultural elite are, by and large, not so jubilant. Here’s what some of them had to say.
Justin Trudeau took a conciliatory approach:
…and we offer our hand in partnership with our neighbours as friends and allies as they move forward.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 9, 2016
On Metro Morning, premier Kathleen Wynne was willing to cop to a moderate amount of despair:
— Metro Morning (@metromorning) November 9, 2016
Matt Galloway, who had to wake up at 3 a.m. to interview Wynne, is on his last legs:
— Matt Galloway (@mattgallowaycbc) November 9, 2016
David Frum (who wrote speeches for George W. Bush) seems to be coping with the help of black humour:
On the bright side, 227 years is a really good run for a republic.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 9, 2016
Restaurateur Jen Agg maybe needs to see a doctor:
Woke up with sore hands from clenching my fists in my sleep. I wish I were joking
— Jen Agg (@TheBlackHoof) November 9, 2016
Councillor Norm Kelly isn’t one to let a perfectly good meme go to waste:
I was hoping to tweet this at Trump, but I'm going have to tweet it at all Americans. And this isn't a joke, it's actually sad. pic.twitter.com/01Tb6BiwS4
— Norm Kelly (@norm) November 9, 2016
The Sun’s Sue-Ann Levy is ready to ascend to a higher echelon of hard-right punditry:
Would love to go on with the ladies of @TheView and tell 'em all about a poor guy named Rob Ford, who knocked down Toronto's elites in 2010.
— Sue-Ann Levy (@SueAnnLevy) November 9, 2016
Margaret Atwood tweeted some cold comfort from Oxford:
Dear Americans: It will be all right in the long run. (How long? We will see.) You've been through worse, remember.
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 9, 2016
Nick Kouvalis, the architect of Rob Ford’s 2010 mayoral victory, is evidently still not tired of being proven right:
The elites are out of touch with regular, average people that are trying so hard to realize the promise of the CDN/USA dream. Hope & Change!
— Nick Kouvalis (@NickKouvalis) November 9, 2016
Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany was pretty much the only major Canadian entertainment figure willing to weigh in on Twitter last night (the world waits with bated breath for Don Cherry’s take):
I'm sending love to everyone who is feeling lost and afraid in this mess. We have to hold on to each other.
— Tatiana Maslany (@tatianamaslany) November 9, 2016
Activist and journalist Desmond Cole reminds us that Canada isn’t above this sort of thing, either:
So telling that #proudtobecanadian is trending today. Canadians derive pride from not being America. Otherwise, we don't know who we are.
— Desmond Cole (@DesmondCole) November 9, 2016
And, right on cue, Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch reminds us of the same thing:
— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) November 9, 2016