Fact Check: Donald Trump DID Say 'I'll Have To Leave The Country' If He Loses And Bruce Springsteen Said He Would Move To Australia If Trump Wins -- But Both Were Joking

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk

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Fact Check: Donald Trump DID Say 'I'll Have To Leave The Country' If He Loses And Bruce Springsteen Said He Would Move To Australia If Trump Wins -- But Both Were Joking They're Joking

Did Donald Trump say "I'll have to leave the country" if he loses to Joe Biden in the presidential election and did rock star Bruce Springsteen say he would move to Australia if Trump is re-elected? Yes, both men said they would leave the United States depending on the election results, but both were clearly joking.

The claim about Trump appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on October 16, 2020. It opened: "trump told supporters at his rally that he might leave the country when he loses to Joe Biden."

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Sat Oct 17 17:13:34 2020 UTC)

The president told supporters at a campaign rally in Georgia he was very confident he would win the election and then cracked a joke about emigrating if Biden beat him.

Trump spoke to a group in Macon, Georgia on October 16, 2020 where he was mocking Biden for wearing masks and practicing social distancing at his campaign events, The Hill reported.

"And the mask is always so large, it covers the whole ... I shouldn't joke, I shouldn't joke. Because you know what? Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me. Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I going to do? I'm going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics. I'm not going to feel so good. Maybe I'll have to leave the country. I don't know."

The president was smiling as he delivered the remarks that caused the crowd to erupt in laughter.

Threatening to leave the country if your chosen candidate does not win is not just a Republican sentiment. On the other side of the political spectrum, singer Bruce Springsteen quipped that if Trump is re-elected, he will be moving to Australia.

Springsteen added that he predicts Trump is "gonna lose" 👀

Posted by VT on Friday, October 16, 2020

"If Trump is re-elected - which he will not be, I'm predicting right now he's gonna lose - if by some happenstance he should be, I'll see you on the next plane," The Boss said when an Australian reporter asked if he would contemplate moving Down Under if Biden lost the election, Fox News reported.


  • 2020-10-17T21:28:08Z 2020-10-17T21:28:08Z
    Updated to correct a capitalization and re-format two quotes.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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