The Golden State is blue.
After Donald Trump won the 2016 election, some in California, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton, tweeted about seceding from the United States, using the hashtag #Calexit.
The hashtag references the Brexit, a successful campaign in Great Britain to leave the European Union.
But #Calexit isn’t just California dreamin’.
A political committee that formed in 2015 called “Yes California Independence Campaign” has gained momentum in the wake of Trump’s win. The group aims to put a referendum on the 2018 state ballot to make California an independent country.
On Nov. 9, the movement, once considered fringe, organized a rally outside the state capitol in Sacramento.
“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 group says in a 33-page “CalExit Blue Book” on its site.
Anti-Trump protests also took place in Berkeley and Oakland. In Los Angeles hundreds of protesters, many of them Latino, gathered in front of City Hall and chanted “¡Si se puede!” (Spanish for “yes, it’s possible”) CNN reported.
Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, who was an early Uber investor and co-founder of Hyperloop, also tweeted a plan to help secession Tuesday night. Dave Morin, co-founder of the social network Path, vowed to partner with Pishevar on the plan.
“It’s the most patriotic thing I can do,” Pishevar told CNN Money. “The country is [at] a serious crossroads.”