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California Group Plots Secession from Trump’s America

Disappointed with the electoral results, some Californians are thinking about seceding from the Union.

The Hill reports:

You’ve heard of Brexit. There were even some rumblings about Texit. Now, get ready for Calexit.

A group of California liberals, horrified at President-elect Donald Trump’s win on Tuesday, is taking the first steps toward what it hopes will be the next big secession movement.

The Yes California Independence Campaign hopes to place an initiative on California’s 2018 ballot that would call for a special election to decide whether the state should secede to form its own country.

“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,” supporters write on their website. “In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the international community with their ‘Brexit’ vote. Our ‘Calexit’ referendum is about California joining the international community.”

More than 20,000 people have liked the group’s Facebook page since it launched Tuesday night. Supporters said Trump’s election has helped spur the new movement.

“Obviously it was a huge boost for the movement because Californians hate Donald Trump,” the campaign’s vice president, Marcus Ruiz Evans, told the Sacramento Bee.

California has recovered from the great recession faster than most other states, and its gross domestic product of $2.46 trillion makes it the sixth-largest economy in the world, ahead of France and just behind the U.K.

In recent years, California has charted a much more liberal course than the rest of the nation. On Tuesday, as the United States elected a president who has promised to build a wall on the Southern border with Mexico, California voters rolled back a state law that banned bilingual education.

California voters also approved the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, while some marijuana liberalization supporters worry that a Trump Justice Department would crack down on states with drug laws that stand in contrast to federal law.

California has faced its own secession movement in recent years by a group of conservatives in several rural counties. Those advocates, who feel disconnected from the state’s liberal urban bastions and the legislature in Sacramento, want to create the State of Jefferson.

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