Could Calexit be a real thing after all?
Brexit superstar Nigel Farage is now setting his sites on splitting the Golden State in half.
Farage envisions an East California and a West California.
East Cali would be the patriotic conservative side, while West Cali would be a haven for radical leftist anarchy.
From Daily Mail
Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States, where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a ‘Calexit’ campaign, which would split California into two eastern and western regions.
There are several ‘Calexit’ campaigns competing for a referendum in the United States, with one aiming to remove the state from America entirely as a response to President Donald Trump being elected last year.
Farage and Banks, who led the ‘Leave.EU’ campaign, appear to be pitting the eastern, more rural side of California against the western ‘coastal elite’ liberals in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
If broken apart, the eastern part of California would more likely vote Republican, giving the party two more senators and electoral college votes for a 2020 presidential election.
The Western side of the state would likely continue to vote Democrat in elections.
Farage and Banks’ goal is to hold a referendum during the US midterm elections in 2018, according to The Sunday Times.
Banks said of the campaign: ‘It would be portrayed as the Hollywood elites versus the people, breaking up the bad government. Seventy-eight per cent of people in California are unhappy with their government. It’s the world’s sixth largest economy and it’s very badly run.’
Banks said he and Farage wanted to show people in California ‘how to light a fire and win’ the Calexit referendum.
The pair were recruited for the campaign by polling expert Gerry Gunster and Republican Scott Baugh, a former member of the state assembly.
Banks, Farage and their spokesman Andy Wigmore were in California two weeks ago to receive an award for their Brexit campaign from the American Association of Political Consultants.
While in the state, Farage attended several events in Orange County, where Baugh is based, and about $1million was raised for the ‘Calexit’ campaign.
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