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Some Tech Leaders Want California to Become Its Own Nation – But Tech Investor and Trump Backer Peter Thiel is Preaching an 'All Hands on Deck' Approach

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:50
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Some notable names in technology want California to leave the U.S.

Yes, you read that right. Uber investor and Hyperloop co-founder Shervin Pishevar announced his intention via Twitter to fund “a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation” in response to Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-12-25-03-pm“It’s the most patriotic thing we can do,” Pishevar tweeted. “Country is at serious crossroads. We can re-enter the union after California becomes a nation.”

Joining the campaign for California to secede are founder of private social networking tool Path Dave Morin and former Google employee and founder of Design Inc Marc Hemeon.

“I was literally just going to tweet this. I’m in and will partner with you on it,” Morin tweeted.

Hemeon’s response was similar: “I support you in this effort let me know what I can do to help.”

While a number of people tweeted support for the idea, which is already being called #Calexit, others were less than impressed, including Forbes technology writer Alex Konrad.

“Guys maybe stick around and work on your own country with the rest of us, crazy idea,” Konrad tweeted, adding, “the reaction of affluent CA techies to talk succession won’t help the half of America that need our help the most.”

Not all the powers that be in Silicon Valley are unhappy with the results of the election, however.

Peter Thiel, the tech investor that Silicon Valley loves to hate, won one of the biggest bets of his life when Trump upset Hillary Clinton at the polls Tuesday night to become president-elect.

Thiel, an early investor in Facebook and a co-founder of PayPal, backed Trump to the tune of $1.25 million when every other technology leader was backing Clinton.

“He has an awesomely difficult task, since it is long past time for us to face up to our country’s problems,” Thiel said in a statement after the election results were in. “We’re going to need all hands on deck.”

Thiel in a speech at the National Press Club last month gave his take on why voters would support Trump: “I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally. … I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally, so when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment, their question is not, ‘Are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China?’ or, you know, ‘How exactly are you going to enforce these tests?’ What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.”

Based on Thiel’s assesment, the #Calexit supporters are also Taking Trump literally.

While it is unlikely the #Calexit movement will bear any real fruit, it will be interesting to see if any other tech leaders jump on the bandwagon.

(Via CNN and CNBC)


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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