The mass protests around the world in the days leading up to inauguration, as well as those that took place over the course of last weekend, have been one of many ways in which Donald Trump has managed to bring people together. The thing is, those people have been coming together to show just how much they don’t like Donald Trump.
Now, residents of California are taking landmark steps to secede, rather than operate under the leadership of President Trump. The movement, dubbed “Calexit,” was born after Trump won the Electoral College. Having gained momentum in the months since election day, California’s secession from the United States, could be on the state’s ballot in 2019.
According to the Los Angeles Times, California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, approved the initiative to begin collecting the signatures required for the measure to be added to the ballot. The Los Angeles Times further reports:
‘If the measure gets on the ballot and gains approval by a majority of voters, it would repeal clauses in the California Constitution stating the state is an “inseparable part of the United States” and that the U.S. Constitution is the “supreme law of the land.’
According to the Los Angeles Times, Calexit needs 585,407 valid signatures from registered voters over the next 180 days to qualify for the ballot. If obtained, the measure would allow California residents to vote on whether or not the state should become a separate country. That vote needs just half of registered voters to cast a ballot in that election, if 55% vote in favor, then that would be deemed California’s declaration of independence.
Marcus Ruiz Evans, one of the founders of Yes California, the group behind Calexit, asserts:
‘California loses [by] being a part of America culturally and financially. It could be a nation all its own, everybody knows that.’
If the initiative makes it to the ballot and voters approve it, the approval of the majority of states in the Union, is one piece of legal red tape that will have to be cut.
Marcus Evans says he’s undaunted. He told the Los Angeles Times:
‘America already hates California, and America votes on emotions. I think we’d have the votes today if we held it.’
Whether this measure gains the momentum needed to move forward or not, the steps being taken send yet another strong message that people just don’t like Donald Trump. The end of his first week in office, and it seems that Donald Trump continues to do a better job bringing people together around their disdain for him, than uniting people to move this nation forward.
Would you support California’s departure from the Union? Can California actually secede? The video below provides some history around California’s secession is here, via YouTube:
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