Barbra Streisand says she ‘can’t live in this country’ if Donald Trump wins 2024 presidential election

Barbra Streisand, the iconic singer and actress, hasn’t held back in her criticism of former president Donald Trump. In her song “Don’t Lie to Me,” she took direct aim at the Republican front-runner, and now she’s made it clear that if he wins the presidency again, she’s ready to leave the United States.

Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the 81-year-old star bluntly called Trump “so stupid” and “ill-informed.” She then shared her resolve: “I can’t live in this country if he becomes president.” It’s not the first time Streisand has threatened to relocate over political matters, and she’s certainly not alone among celebrities who vowed to move to Canada, Europe, or even Jupiter after Trump’s 2016 victory but ultimately stayed.

Streisand, renowned for her vocal talent and her EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), has long been an outspoken critic of Trump. In a tweet, she sarcastically quipped, “Yes, Mr. Trump, let’s make America great again. But first, get one thing straight: America was great – before you were elected.”

The star has repeatedly used her platform to denounce the former president, branding him “the Liar in Chief” and “the Groper in Chief.” In 2018, she released her 36th album, “Walls,” which was heavily influenced by Trump’s presidency and the tumultuous political landscape it created.

Though her remarks may be pointed and provocative, Streisand is deeply committed to her beliefs and doesn’t shy away from making her opinions known. As the 2024 election looms, it’s clear that she will continue to use her voice to speak out against the man she sees as a threat to the America she loves.

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Speaking with Associated Press about the song, she said, “I wanted to talk about the things that were making me feel so sad, heartbroken.” Streisand continues, “I just can’t stand what’s going on. His assault on our democracy, our institutions, our founders – I think we’re in a fight…We’re in a war for the soul of America.”

The Grammy-nominated album – a musical homage to Trump’s tyranny – includes songs like “Don’t Lie to Me,” which Streisand explains was motivated by the news that made her “sick, listening to lies, listening to things that are such craziness.”

“I can’t stand being lied to, and I don’t think the country should be lied to either.” She then quips, “And I just couldn’t comprehend how he could tell all these lies with absolutely no guilt (clearly he’s not Jewish.)”

‘Art is the enemy of tyrants’

Explaining why she’s compelled to be politically involved, Streisand sounds off on the friction between politicians and artists in her 2023 memoir, “My Name is Barbra.”

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“Why does it make so many people angry when artists speak out?” Babs asks. “Artists, Streisand said, can serve as ‘a country’s conscience.’ Their work gives us a reflection of the times, and sometimes they challenge us to see what others would prefer to ignore. They can give voice to the voiceless, by speaking up when no one else will.”

She adds, “That’s why art is the enemy of tyrants and dictators.”

Offering her powerful voice unfortunately didn’t sway the voting population.

‘Planet’s gone bonkers’

Ahead of the 2016 elections, the Prince of Tides star told the Australian version of 60 Minutes, “He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country [Australia], if you’ll let me in, or Canada.”

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But Streisand wasn’t the only A-list celebrity who claimed they would leave the U.S. if Trump took office.

The Wrap reports that comedian George Lopez joked that he’d go back to Mexico: “If [Trump] wins, he won’t have to worry about immigration, we’ll all go back.”

Chelsea Handler, who voiced her determination to leave, reversed her decision the day after Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. “Yesterday, my staff reminded me that platforms and voices like mine are needed more than ever; leaving the country is quitting.”

Meanwhile, other celebrities were more creative with their escape plans.

Comedian and talk show host Jon Stewart said, “I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers.”


Post Trump

After spending “four years in a dark hole,” the star of 1983’s Yentl told People of President Joe Biden “the country is certainly headed in the right direction.” The 2021 interview continues, “I love Biden. I love his compassion, his honesty, his integrity, his love of facts, not fiction.”

“Since 2016, we’ve been dragged down into the mud of Trump’s swamp. He has demolished our standing in the world with his laughable boasts and breathtaking ignorance,” she writes in an essay for Variety.

‘Restore nobility of truth’

Now, Streisand is voicing her concerns over the upcoming elections and Trump as the clear Republican frontrunner.

Appearing on an episode of The Late Show, the legendary singer and actor told the host Stephen Colbert, that she won’t tolerate living in a country ruled by the man she earlier called “so stupid” and “so ill-informed.”

“I can’t live in this country if he becomes president,” Streisand said, adding if she relocates, she’ll probably head to England because “I like England.”

“Trump is a man who has never once taken responsibility for his own actions, preferring to blame others when he’s at fault. Even impeachment hasn’t humbled him, because thanks to his Republican enablers, he has escaped accountability once again,” she writes.

“We need a new America, without pollution, without obscenities, without insults, without revenge. We need to restore the nobility of truth…and only then will America be great again.”

If Streisand circles back to Canada as a new potential home, she’ll have to act quickly as the Republicans are also calling to build a wall along the border of Canada.

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