Sharp Rise In Calls For Secession As Trump Claims Victory
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are among those calling for an independent California
A Vocativ analysis of tweets posted since noon EST on Tuesday shows a sharp jump in chatter about secession over the course of the night, as Donald Trump racked up more and more wins in battleground states to eventually claim the presidency.
As of 1:00 AM, more than 42,000 tweets included discussion of terms related to secession, including several state-specific secession hashtags like #CalExit (California), #NHExit (New Hampshire), and #Texit (Texas). The spike in chatter began between 9 and 10 PM, and only got more intense as the night went on, peaking around 1:30 AM.
Some of those talking about secession were entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, calling for California to become its own country.
1/ If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.
— Shervin #VOTE (@shervin) November 9, 2016
@shervin I support you in this effort let me know what I can do to help
— Marc Hemeon (@hemeon) November 9, 2016
In addition, many people tagged California’s official Twitter account, calling for the state to separate from the rest of the United States.
Let's secede from the Union @california. We don't need them.
— Mek (@_YoMek) November 9, 2016
At the same time, members of organized secession movements saw the Trump victory significantly boosting their numbers.
The success of the Brexit campaign inspired a similar jump in chatter around Texas secession.