Reading the writing on the proverbial wall ahead of the US election day, Royal Jordanian airlines ran a tongue-in-cheek advertisement offering last-minute flights to those who may be affected by the ‘ban’ on entering the US that Donald Trump had promised during his presidential campaign.
The airlines tweeted the ad on November 8 with emojis of an orange, a no-entry sign and an aeroplane. Royal Jordanian is the flagship carrier for Jordan, where around 93 per cent of the population are reportedly Muslims.
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In December 2015, the now President-elect of the United States, Trump had called for a ban on Muslims entering the country. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he had said.
This ad, which soon went viral, highlighted airfare to Chicago, Detroit and New York. Mind you, this was around the time when Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was said to have a slight lead in the polls. Now, with the verdict out, the ad couldn’t have hit harder.
— Royal Jordanian (@RoyalJordanian) November 8, 2016
As votes were being tallied till late into the night, and after an initial hiccup Trump emerged in the lead, searches on how to move to Canada gained traction online. So much so, that in the wee hours of the morning Canada’s immigration website crashed, and those hoping to access the site were faced with a loading screen due to the huge number of people looking to leave the country should Trump win.
Canada’s immigration website is getting too many people visiting it, if that doesn’t show the state of the US I don’t know what does. pic.twitter.com/v9jl4j45pm
— TeeBelbs (@tbelbaas) November 9, 2016
Canada’s official Twitter handle had already taken cognizance of the brewing sentiment in the US and tweeted, “In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens.”
In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens. pic.twitter.com/MOuStZbSX7
— Canada (@Canada) November 9, 2016
Well, what the social media feared has happened, and America signed up to become Trump’s Apprentice – at least for the next four years, starting January 20, 2017.