Donald Trump has won the US Presidential elections. In January, he will move into the White House and take over the reins of the most powerful country in the world. It was a hard fought victory for Trump and now that he has been democratically chosen by popular vote, he probably expects to be hailed as the President by all in the next few months. However, social media has been overwhelmed by posts from a section of California’s denizens calling for a “Calexit”.
Yup. Inspired by Britain’s push to leave the European Union and the Brexit vote, a section of Californians are now vigorously calling out for a Calexit. The social media has been swamped with messages around the topic and now
And the movement has a pretty impressive list of backers its credit as well. Shervin Pishevar, an early investor in Uber and a very well-known angel investor has already promised to financially support a campaign to make the state of California a nation in its own right.
Speaking with CNBC, he said,
It’s the most patriotic thing I can do. The country is at serious crossroads. … Calling it New California.
He is not alone either. The number of people willing to brave the ire of Trump supporters has been surprisingly high and the President-Elect has received a surprising amount of hate for someone who has been chosen by popular vote. Okay, so maybe hate is a strong word, but yes, a surprising number of people appear to be unwilling to stay in a nation that has Donal Trump as its president.
California, the largest state in the United states, has a population of around 40 million. It is an extremely significant part of the Union and drives much of its economy. The economy of California is huge and indeed, it is comparable to the economies of the largest countries in the world. In2016, the gross state product (GSP) of the state stood at around $2.514 trillion, which is larger than the GDP’s of countries like Brazil, France, Russia, Italy, India, Canada, Australia etc.
Indeed, If it were to become a separate country, California would be the 6th largest economy and the 35th most populous country in the world.
YesCalifornia, a political action committee formed last year, is attempting to get a referendum on the topic afloat. The referendum, according to the committee, should then decide the true will of the people.
In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children.
The committee has been operational since the last year, however, Donald Trump’s election appears to have given it new impetus. However, the path to secession, if it even comes to that, is not going to be easy. First of all, the US is definitely not going to feel very pleased about letting go off a state that is the source of much of its economic prosperity.
And even if the majority of Californians should for some reason start believing that they should not be a part of the federation any longer, secession would still require the consent of over two third of legislators — something that I truly don’t see happening anytime soon.