Calexit: Californians want to secede now that Trump won

Calexit: Californians want to secede now that Trump won

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2016%2f09%2f15%2f9c%2fhttpsd2mhye01h4nj2n.cloudfront.netmediazgkymde1lzaz.e3ca2By Tim Chester2016-11-09 08:35:56 UTC

With Donald Trump winning the presidential election, Californians had a brainwave on Twitter: Why not break away from the rest of the U.S. and go it alone?

After all, the state probably grows enough food to sustain itself, it has the sixth largest economy in the world, and it just passed recreational marijuana use. It doesn't really need those other states under a Trump presidency does it?

The only immediate problem that presented itself was what to call this genius idea. Some thought 'Califrexit' might work — a portmanteau referencing the other act of massive self harm an electorate committed this year in the UK.

This is the answer. #califrexit

— (((BrokeAssStuart))) (@BrokeAssStuart) November 9, 2016

Others thought that #Calexit might be a better term to describe the state's newfound freedom.

California should secede. We are the richest state in the U.S. Therefore it is strong enough to be its own country.#Calexit

— Valerie ✨ (@youremegabasic) November 9, 2016

Either way, numerous people were up for the break.

Im pretty sure that if all californians jump at the same time we can separate from mainland and start our own thing. #Califrexit

— LuzuGames (@LuzuGames) November 9, 2016

“Your state was a republic for 26 days. I dare you to do better.”#MakeCaliforniaARepublicAgain #Califrexit

— Adam (@clunkclunk) November 9, 2016

Guys! The @europeanunion has a slot open - It's even about the right size and shape! Let's get California in there! #Calexit #Brexit

— Scott Frank (@hollywoodsapien) November 9, 2016

Hey, Californians. Big #Calexit rally tomorrow on the capitol steps in Sacramento! Let's become our own country! @YesCalifornia

— Melissa Kay Palmer (@justwords810) November 9, 2016

how about we just

— laguna tuna (@torayyrose) November 9, 2016

The idea goes beyond a Twitter joke. One group, the Yes California Independence Campaign, is actually holding an event in Sacramento Wednesday in the hopes of gaining support for the idea.

"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," their manifesto, which was written before Tuesday by the way, says.

However, no state has seceded from the U.S. since the Civil War so we won't be holding our breath.

Bonus: Who is Tammy Duckworth?

Topics: calexit, california, election day 2016, Politics, World

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