During the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson show, a leader for the CalExit movement said that California is not part of the United States and it’s time to formalize that reality.
Shankar Singram, vice president of the California Freedom Coalition explained:
“This is California. We’re not the United States. Our values are different. We’re fundamentally different in how we act and speak and think about the world globally. Whether it has to do with war, the climate, the environment. We’re just a different state. We are going to do things that are beneficial for our state, and we disregard what the United States thinks or even their laws.”
Californians might have the opportunity to vote to secede really soon. The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said in a statement last week that CalExit supporters are allowed to collect signatures needed to place the matter before California voters in 2018. The Associated Press reported:
“The initiative [titled ‘California Autonomy From Federal Government’] would form a commission to recommend avenues for California to pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the U.S. The measure would also instruct the governor and California congressional delegation to negotiate more autonomy for the state.”
Then, Carlson said to Singram:
“You’re breaking up the United States, that’s your goal.”
“We’re still here. We’re still trading with each other, communicating with each other. Families are still going to see each other. It’s not as if we’re moving millions of miles away. It’s not actually up to California. It’s up to the rest of the states whether California can really leave the union, and this could quite easily turn into conflict. It did in the 1860s when South Carolina tried it.
Do the rest of the states really love California? From what I’ve been hearing, we’re snowflakes and we’re hippies. We’re in huge debt crisis.”
Marcus Ruiz Evans, a spokesman for the CalExit initiative, stated earlier this year that Trump’s election has greatly fueled his group’s cause, which dates back more than two years:
“If California votes were taken away, Trump won the popular election. So what kind of people elect a man like that? The answer: not Californians. So we’re basically here to tell people that ‘I know that California officials are telling you that they’re going to protect you, but in fact in federalism, the federal government, overrules state law. There is going to be a limit to what they can do.”
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