Barbra Streisand claimed in 2016 that she would leave the United States if Donald Trump became president. Once again, the award-winning singer is saying she’ll leave if Trump wins in 2024, and that’s when she got badly blasted.
Barbra Streisand has stated publicly that she “can’t live in this country” if former President Donald Trump is re-elected in 2024, a claim she also made in 2016. “I will move. I can’t live in this country if he became president,” Streisand said in an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert after being questioned about her thoughts on a second Trump term.
When asked where she would move if she left the United States, the Grammy-winning singer said, “Probably to England. I like England.” Colbert asked the “Yentl” star what she thinks of the current political climate, and she replied, “I like Biden. I think he has done a good job. I think he is compassionate, smart, supports the right things.”
Streisand did not say she would relocate to England the previous time she made a similar remark. In August 2016, Streisand appeared on the Australian version of “60 Minutes,” when she stated that Trump “has no facts” before announcing her intention to depart the country.
“I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada,” she said, according to The Hill. “I worry. I don’t take anything for granted. I want Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”
After the Steven Colbert interview aired, Barbra Streisand got blasted by American voters on social media.
“Barbara who? I thought she left seven years ago,” one netizen wrote. “Please leave, this country is better off without you.”
Another critic posted, “Now that’s one hell of a carrot to dangle in front of us, we could only hope you would keep your word.”
“Please DO IT this time, Babs! You keep threatening, JUST DO IT ALREADY!!!” one social media user posted.
Another added, “I’ll hold the door for ya, Babs!”
Another netizen wrote, “Yeah yeah….if only we’d be so lucky. If only every air-headed celebrity actually followed through with moving away from the greatest country in the world. I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Barbra Streisand was part of a long list of celebrities who made nearly identical claims leading up to the 2016 election. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whoopi Godlberg, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, Lena Dunham, and Chelsea Handler are just a few entertainers who vowed to leave the United States if Donald Trump won in 2016.
Streisand also addressed Colbert’s concern about the increase of antisemitism in the United States. “It’s so sad,” she said. “It’s so sad what’s going on today—meaning, people have to live together, even though they are different religions, or whatever,” she explained.
“People are people,” she continued. “It’s true. You know, we all want the same thing. We all want love in our hearts, we all want family…This is beyond religion. This is insanity for us not to learn how to live together in peace. Where is God in this time? Where is he or she? Why can’t that energy stop this madness?”
Barbra Streisand had been talking to Stephen Colbert about her memoir, “My Name is Barbra.” In her book, Streisand called President Trump “completely unfit” to be President of the United States while simultaneously glorifying her friends Bill and Hillary Clinton as “the most appealing couple.”
The Oscar winner also touted the new Streisand Center at UCLA. “I have a center at UCLA now that is going to study and is starting to study the dynamics of power between men and women,” she explained. Other fields of research at the center include “Truth in the Public Sphere” and the “Impact of Climate Change.”