An independent California? In the age of Trump, some want just that

From The New Daily, in Australia

An independent California would be a progressive powerhouse that could rival the world’s largest economies, according to supporters of a growing breakaway movement.

Calls for an independent California – dubbed ‘#Calexit’ – have grown louder since Donald Trump swept to power in November, prompting serious coverage in American news media.

With the President’s hardline immigration policies and climate skepticism considered an anathema to the West Coast’s diverse, progressive population, two political movements are fronting an emboldened push for California to secede from the union.

The California National Party, modelled on Scotland’s SNP, sees itself as part of a proud Californian independence tradition.

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