Well, that was…something.
To put it bluntly, Americans woke up on Wednesday morning embarrassed, dejected, and despondent. What we witnessed on the debate dais last night was a complete and utter failure of public politicking, and an absolutely unfathomable farce. We deserve better, especially in the nation that invented the representative republic and redefined democracy in doing so.
What we got was a messy shouting match that was both cringeworthy and infuriating to behold, and caused more than a few of us to start planning an exit strategy, apparently.
Queries for “how to apply for Canadian citizenship” skyrocketed about an hour into the yelling match between the two men, peaking around 10:30 p.m., according to Google.
The search was most popular in the state of Massachusetts, followed by Ohio and Michigan.
“How to move to Canada” and “move to Canda” also experienced a surge in searches during the debacle of a debate, which was fraught with interruptions, unfinished points and nasty attacks.
Canadian social media users were quick with the jokes as well, pointing out the need for a “wall” on their southern border to keep the Americans from sneaking across.
An uptick in similar search terms has been recorded at one time or another during several recent political contests, including after the election of Donald Trump and during the years of George W. Bush’s presidency. There appears to be no correlation to actual immigration data, however.
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