The so-called ‘Calexit’ effort was originally envisioned by left coast liberals styled after the Brexit vote which formally broke the UK from the European Union. The move was their knee-jerk answer to the election of Donald Trump. But now that effort is getting turned on its head as Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit effort, has raised over a million dollars to put the issue on the 2018 ballot. But it’s not about secession; it’s about splitting the state in two so conservatives can separate from the Hollywood elitist liberals. And now it’s gaining serious steam.
Here’s more from the Express…
NIGEL Farage has set himself a new referendum challenge to free citizens who want to be liberated from the liberal elite – and this time it’s California.
The self-styled ‘bad boy of Brexit’ along with his political donor Arron Banks have joined the fight to split the American state in two to isolate the Hollywood elite.
“Calexit” as it’s being dubbed, was first drummed up by liberals and the Hollywood elite in Los Angeles who became disgusted with US President Donald Trump and suggested they break away from the rest of America.
However after the everyday man and woman in the state got wind of it, they got angry at the liberals, and now want the state to be divided to get away from them.
In a bid to get the process rolling, organisers want to hold a state-wide referendum on the day of the US mid-term elections in 2018.
Under Californian law, 365,880 people would need to sign a petition for the proposition to appear on the ballot in 2018.
Eastern California, located far from the coastal cities, is the most likely place that would be won by Republicans if there was a referendum.
It would give the party two new senators and extra votes in the electoral college in 2020, according to The Sunday Times.
Both Mr Farage and Mr Banks want to use the approach they took with Brexit – by pitting ordinary people against the liberals of Los Angeles.
Mr Banks told The Sunday Times: “It would be portrayed as the Hollywood elites versus the people breaking up the bad government.
“[At least] 78 percent of people in California are unhappy with their government. It’s the world’s sixth largest economy but it’s badly run.”
Mr Farage has already been able to raise £800,000 ($1 million) for the campaign at fundraisers for wealthy donors.
Andy Wigmore, a spokesman for the “bad boys” said farmers and agricultural tycoons gave large amounts of cash towards the idea because they are fed up with the influence of the liberals.
He said: “They feel they’ve been left out since Reagan…They believe now Trump has won this is their chance.”