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As it looks more and more likely that Donald Trump will become the president-elect, some Californians are taking to social media to renew calls for a break from the United States.
Late in the evening on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the term #Calexit was trending locally on Twitter. Another popular hashtag was #Caleavefornia, accompanying tweets from exasperated and resigned Californians who were following along with the presidential race, where media outlets are projecting that Trump is on the verge of a stunning upset of Hillary Clinton.
Calls for California to secede from the United States have been around for some time, but the British vote to leave the European Union, known as Brexit, reignited such talk over the summer. Now some in California, a predominantly liberal state that was quickly called for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, are renewing the Calexit discussion.
Among those who took a stand was Silicon Valley venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, who unleashed a string of tweets, in which he declared that he would fund “a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.”
1/ If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.
— Shervin #VOTE (@shervin) November 9, 2016
He continued: “We need to have serious national dialogue about our culture, values & rampant sexism, racism and hate that Trump campaign has exposed.”
Others made more lighthearted comments about #Calexit on social media.
TV producer Tom Forman was among many who noted on Twitter that California has one of the world’s largest economies. He also pointed out that the state now has legal weed, thanks to the Tuesday vote to legalize the drug in California.
California has world’s 6th largest economy. And legal weed. And dolphins. #Caleavefornia
— Tom Forman (@tomformanprod) November 9, 2016
On Facebook, author Michael Chabon also called for a break from the rest of the country.
One group, Yes California, has been leading the charge in Sacramento to bring about a secession vote. It is planning to host an informational session about its secession plan on Wednesday outside the State Capital Building in Sacramento. On a public Facebook event page, the group says, “no matter who is elected, California deserves its independence.”
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