The election happened, but the controversy and heated arguing hasn’t settled down, rather, the opposite is true. California voted to elect Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, but at the end of a long night, Republican Nominee Donald Trump won the election by winning far more than necessary of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the White House. Some select cities across the US have held peaceful protest, but California wants to take it a step further.
A group called Yes California has released an official petition to secede from the US as well as a policy platform outlining what they would like the state to become. The petition has surged in popularity. Some high ranking people in the Tech Industry have even gotten behind the movement by taking to twitter to pledge their help in the effort. Founder of Hyperloop One, Shervin Pishevar, tweeted that he pledged to fund a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation, mentioning the apparent need for a national discussion about culture, values and sexism that differs between Californians and the rest of the country, and a withdrawal during the Trump Presidency followed by a re-entry after a constitutional convention has convened. Dave Morin, tech investor and co-founder of Path, spoke up and Twitter and expressed his desire to back Pishevar.
Other people across the nation have showed mixed thoughts on a potential Calexit. While some support, some laugh due to California’s significant dependency on the rest of the United States for basic needs and finances.
While Yes California is going through the proper channels and attempting to get Calexit on the ballot, it may not be something that is even possible. In 1869 the U.S. Supreme Court processed a case called Texas v. White and found that the agreement between Texas and the US was one that could not be simply dissolved. The only way the relationship could be ended was through a revolution or through an agreed consent of all the states. More details on this story can be found at Buzzfeed.