Trump Victory Gives New Life to #Calexit Secession Movement
The group Yes California was nothing but a fringe group of secessionists dreaming of breaking the Golden State away from the other 49 states to form their own nation for a couple of years.
That changed the morning of Nov. 9, 2016.
The November presidential election gave Yes California credibility. The group’s organizers said their website was stretched to its limits Nov. 9 when 11,000 emails started pouring in from people scared to death at the reality of Donald Trump in the White House.
This tsunami of support isn’t just a bunch of old SDS and Weatherman radicals looking for a new port in their storm of old age. Some of the top guns in Silicon Valley were suddenly tweeting about breaking away from the USA.
And it wasn’t just California.
Two people in Oregon have submitted a ballot proposal to break their state away from the rest of the USA, too.
Yes California, jumping on the populist bandwagon that rolled through Britain, has dubbed its campaign the #Calexit Independence Referendum.
The organization’s leaders claim on their website the effort is about more than the election of Donald Trump, even though they point out that Hillary Clinton won California by a landslide.
#Calexit, it turns out, is less about Trump than it is about, shall we say…the Basket of Deplorables.
“It is about the American people who elected him. If they could do such a thing, then the United States is not our country and Trump is not our president. We will vote to secede from the Union,” said a message on the home page of yescalifornia.org.
Yes California wants to put a referendum on the 2018 California ballot to give voters a choice of “continued statehood” or “nationhood.”
Trump might be the spark that ignited a wave of support for the #Calexit referendum, but its backers also explain that this is about all of the people outside of California who “don’t share the same worldview, have a different culture, a different set of priorities and different plans for the future.”
“We in California could get so much more done if we could free ourselves from the shackles of statehood,” the #Calexit leaders conclude.
Silicon Valley has jumped on the #Calexit bandwagon. The scale of their outrage and the audacity of their response to Trump’s victory might have been a shock, but the news that the tech center doesn’t like the president-elect was not a surprise.