Following this exhausting, divisive campaign cycle, Americans were overwhelmingly ready for the election to simply be over.
Earlier this week, TMZ caught upwith civil rights activist and media personality Rev. Al Sharpton, who — despite his earlier vow that he would move to Canada — promised he’d make sure that Donald Trump had “the fight of his life” as president.
"If Trump is the nominee, I'm reserving my ticket to get out of here."
Before you go, Rev, just pay your $5mil in taxes.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 9, 2016
When asked if he’d bought that ticket to Canada yet, Sharpton responded:
“I mean, all of us said that. No, that was said in jest. We’re not going anywhere.
Clearly, it was said in jest. If that’s the comfort they got, they better get ready for an uncomfortable ride.”
Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Al Sharpton et. al
Y'ALL CAN START PACKING YOUR BAGS NOW
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) November 9, 2016
The reverend also expanded on his comment about giving the upcoming Trump administration an “uncomfortable ride”:
“We’re dealing with a guy who used divisiveness and bigotry and won.
Now how do we protect what we’ve done in the last eight years that he’s going to come after, that President Obama has established?…Go to work and fight back.
And he can rest assured, we’re not going to take our foot off the pedal. He is going to have the fight of his life.”
While it’s not clear exactly how Sharpton intends to “fight back” against President-elect Trump, thousands of Americans have already taken to the streets in protest since the election.
In California, for example, thousands have taken to the streets calling for secession, while scattered reports of protesters vandalizing buildings and police cars and starting fires have also broken out.
Hillary Supporters Stage Massive Anti-Trump Election Protests in Cities Across the Nation https://t.co/yOu1y5bzBU
— Independent Journal (@TheIJR) November 10, 2016
For what it’s worth, it was Trump and his supporters who were harshly criticized for weeks over claims that they would not accept the results of the election — though clearly now the shoe is on the other foot.
Before he walked away from the TMZ interview, though, Sharpton had one final “guarantee” for America:
“[Trump’s] crowd will turn on him within in three months.
He can’t deliver half of what he said. I guarantee it.”
With so many on the left and the right now calling for unity, Sharpton’s predictions of fighting and divisiveness certainly stand at odds.