The author of a new Rolling Stone article teased on the magazine cover as “Justin Trudeau: Why can’t he be our president?” is getting his wish.
Stephen Rodrick confirmed in an email to the Washington Examiner that he’s moving to Canada.
Rodrick’s article, published online Wednesday, gushes with praise for Prime Minister Trudeau, and asked if he’s “the free world’s best hope?” Throughout the piece, Rodrick describes Trudeau in exclusively glowing terms.
“[A]s soon as I start asking questions,” he wrote at one point, “[Trudeau] snaps into place, admiringly forthcoming on his life journey and frustratingly on message when it comes to political answers. As we chat, he smiles and locks in with his blue eyes….”
He also wrote that, “at times Trudeau and his young staff give off the aura of a well-meaning Netflix adaptation about a young, idealistic Canadian prime minister.”
The article likens Trudeau at several points to former President Barack Obama. “Trudeau reminds me of, well, Obama as he smiles and listens patiently to me droning on about my Canadian wife as if it is actually interesting,” wrote Rodrick in one instance. “For Trudeau, listening is seducing.”
Some people on Twitter, who said they live in Canada, mocked Rodrick’s profile as overly sympathetic to Trudeau.
“I love the smell of hagiography in the morning,” one remarked, with a link to the article. “Smells like deception and ignorance.”
Asked if he’s moving to Canada because he doesn’t like President Trump, Rodrick said no.
“Sorry to disappoint, but I am moving to Canada because my wife has a job opportunity there,” he told the Washington Examiner. “It has absolutely nothing to do with Trump or Trudeau.”
But Rodrick’s profile on Trudeau makes clear he is not a supporter of the president.
“Trudeau heads back toward his three-car motorcade that stops at all red lights,” he writes at the end, recalling one of his encounters with the prime minister for the article. “In the hall, a couple hundred kids hold signs that say ‘Hope’ and ‘Respect.’ They grab his sleeve and then skitter away wearing giant smiles. It would have been corny if it had not been so goddamned beautiful. This is Trudeau’s vision of what a country can be. His land races toward inclusion, while our nation builds walls and lusts for an era of vanilla homogeneity that ain’t coming back. At this moment, Justin Trudeau’s Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm.”