- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 19, 2016

It looks like comedian George Lopez may go where no other anti-Trump celebrity has gone by actually leaving the United States.

Unlike stars like Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer, who have since reneged on their vows to exit the country if Republican Donald Trump were elected, Mr. Lopez is doubling down, indicating he’s in the process of buying a home elsewhere.

Asked by TMZ if he would give Mr. Trump a chance, Mr. Lopez replied, “I’ll give him a chance to suck my a—.”

“Listen man, I’m in escrow so don’t worry about my residential status,” said Mr. Lopez in a video posted last week. “I’m already in escrow, motherf—er. And I’m not going to tell you where I’m going to go because it will drive up real estate prices ’cause by the end of the year no one’s going to want to be here.”

Being in escrow refers to an arrangement between a real-estate seller and buyer in which a neutral third party becomes involved to help complete the transaction.

The day after the election, even before Trump supporters began urging him to make good on his promise, Mr. Lopez said on Instagram, “I’m gonna Rent first … get to know the schools #ohcanada #mexico.”

Then again, the star of the ABC-TV sitcom “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons, seemed to cheer up after seeing thousands take to the streets in opposition to Mr. Trump in the days after the Nov. 8 election.

“It’s been 3 days @realdonaldtrump, I’m gonna stick around and see how you f— this up, I’ll be sitting on top of that wall … watching somebody with no experience pretend they know what they are doing,” Mr. Lopez said in a Nov. 11 post on Instagram.

In July 2015, Mr. Lopez drew laughs from TMZ reporters by telling them, “Listen, if he wins, he won’t have to worry about immigration, we’ll all go back.”

The conservative website Townhall.com counted 23 celebrities who said they would leave the country if Mr. Trump were elected, most of whom have remained mum about their plans since the vote.

Other stars who opposed Mr. Trump during the campaign, including Dave Chapelle and Oprah Winfrey, have since said they plan to give him a chance.


• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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