On Wednesday's episode of South Park, Donald Trump finally achieved what much of the internet has been fretting about — he became president. But not of the U.S.
Aside from the political impossibility of Canada having a president, the widely-acclaimed episode of South Park, "Where My Country Gone," parodied the Republican presidential hopeful's attitude on immigration and the presidential race as a whole.
In the episode, Canadians pour into the fictional town of South Park, Col., as refugees to escape the wrath of the Trump presidency.
One of the teachers at the local school, Mr. Garrison, becomes furious about all the new Canadian immigrants and decides to violently remove them or build a big wall to keep them out.
He's irritated by Canadians' supposed reverence for flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione, and their need to put maple syrup on their macaroni and cheese.
The traditional Canadian garb they wear doesn't cool his rage either.
Garrison envisions the nightmarish future of an America influenced by Canadians, potentially changing local U.S. customs and adding a profusion of "buddy" references.
But Garrison soon finds that a wall between Canada and the U.S. has already been built — by Canadians, to keep the Americans out of their country.
The teacher ends up invading Canada by riding a barrel over Niagara Falls from the U.S. side, only to uncover that Canada has in fact become a dystopian society, with buildings destroyed and streets emptied.
Back in South Park, one of the Canadian refugees reveals the reason for their need to escape: During the last Canadian election, citizens voted for Trump in order to get laughs, only later realizing what a mistake that was.
"Nobody really thought he'd ever be president. It was a joke! But we just let the joke go on for too long. He kept gaining momentum," the Canadian says. "By the time we were ready to say, 'OK, let's get serious now, who should really be president,' he was already being sworn into office. We weren't paying attention … We weren't paying attention!"
You can dance if you want to. pic.twitter.com/jyl9pG2h8q— @flarkcon
Garrison then rapes and murders Trump, before announcing that he's running for president with Caitlyn Jenner as his vice-president.
While the episode mocks the U.S. election, some see the episode as prescient.
@SouthPark I dont know if it was clear enough that Canada is the future US in this episode— @Roostersnake710
Before the episode even aired, many Twitter users had claimed that they would move to Canada if Trump was elected president.
Last week I made a joke and said that if Donald Trump is elected president I was going to move to Canada. #SouthPark you're always on point— @MaloneyCaitlyn
My daughter's rationales for moving to Canada: - Nice people - Everything is a theme park - Currency is scratch 'n' sniff - No Donald Trump— @ibogost
Dear Canada, Just wanted to give you a heads up that a massive migration of Americans will be heading your way if Trump wins presidency.— @Al_Planck
And there has been talk in the presidential campaign of building a wall between Canada and the U.S,. as former Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker had publicly mused about such a wall.
Trump mocked Walker for that, but there are evidently those who think that keeping a hard line between Canada and the U.S. might be for the best.
Canada should be proactive. We should build a wall in case Trump gets elected, so we don't get all the illegals trying to leave the US— @JontheGeekGuy
There will be a wall built if Trump is president. But it will be built by Canada to keep us out. #Trump2016— @EricR_Johnson
In any case, a lot of people liked the episode
This South Park episode is perfect #canada— @BrandonChapley
I am HOWLING at the South Park episode tonight! It tackles immigration and Donald Trump, from the perspective of Canada and Rob Ford.— @sandramanjie
Especially Trump's dance moves.
With a few niggling criticisms on how Canada had been depicted.
I would love to see the structure of #SouthPark Canada's political system. So far we have a prime minister, a prince, and now a president— @robomegaman
But the Americans know we won't get mad.
Good thing Canadians are far too friendly and polite to get angry about South Park making fun of them. For the record, I love Canada.— @shoelessjp