California Secession Initiative Timed for Potential Election Chaos

"Estados Unidos se está hundiendo: ¡California debe comenzar a nadar!" Gráfico producido por partidarios de la independencia de California para la nueva iniciativa de secesión de California.
"Estados Unidos se está hundiendo: ¡California debe comenzar a nadar!" Gráfico producido por partidarios de la independencia de California para la nueva iniciativa de secesión de California.

A coalition of groups supporting independence for California will submit a draft initiative this Friday for a proposed law that could lead to a “Stay or Go?” vote in 2022. The campaign organizers expect that the time for Californians to collect signatures for the California secession initiative will begin during the eight weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

“The period for collecting signatures,” said Marcus Ruiz Evans for independence group Yes California, “will likely run between August 2020 and February 2021.” 

Potential for Election Chaos Rising Steadily

“People must stop assuming the elections will be free and fair, or that officials will respect their votes,” said Ruiz Evans. In fact, he said, Trump supporters could easily create enough chaos and violence to make fair elections impossible,. 

“Just a few weeks ago,” said Evans, Trump sent federal paramilitary troops to battle Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, he wanted 10,000 U.S. soldiers to invade American cities “to suppress largely peaceful protests.” “Trump will clearly use all his power to remain in power,” Evans concluded.

Evans explained that California independence supporters decided to launch this campaign after realizing that millions of Californians may soon be seeking ways to peacefully express their frustration with the American political system. If the situation is very bad, he expects thousands of Californians will rush to collect signatures for the Calexit campaign.

Evans hastened to add he does not want violence to occur anywhere, against anyone. “However,” he added, “the same can’t be said for President Trump and many of his supporters.” As a result, said Evans, we must accept that “we cannot control what will happen.”

“That’s why the campaign is using a life preserver for a symbol,” said Evans. “Our message is: America is Sinking; California must start Swimming.”

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  2. August 28, 2020

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