California is the largest Democratic state in the Union. Oregon and Washington are also very blue states. The recent presidential election sent a shock wave through those Western states, and the vibration from that shock wave is still bouncing off the consciousness of the nation. Some Californians want to push for a Calexit similar to Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Calexit conversation started in California, but Oregon and Washington are supporting the movement. Even people in Nevada want to join the Calexit movement. California and the other Western states may want to be their own nation, but actually leaving the United States is a lot harder than Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
An independent California may sound like a good idea right now, but when all the smoke clears and Trump’s cabinet is announced, the talk of Calexit will disappear, according to some political pundits. Other states have talked about leaving the Union when things do go as they planned. There are economic, social and political issues that could turn an independent California into a chaotic mess. California does have its own political and social agenda, but the state and the states that surround it would need an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in order to leave. That Amendment would have to pass two-thirds of the House and senate, and then it would have to be approved by 38 of the 50 states.
California could call a state convention, and if they got two-thirds of the delegates from 50 states to approve the exit. But the Calexit movement would still need to be ratified by 38 of 50 state legislatures. The chance of getting approval from 38 states is highly unlikely, according to some political experts.
Hillary Clinton received 61 percent of the votes in California, so not all the counties in the state are for leaving the Union. Trump picked up 2.9 million votes in California, mostly in the Northern part of the state, so there would be some voters that would not support such a bold and angry move.
California population is more than 39 million, and almost 40 percent of the population is Hispanic. Trump may have said some nasty and uncalled for comments about Hispanics, but he will have to tone that rhetoric down when he becomes president,