“I don’t know if this a parody segment. Are you being serious?”
That’s what Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson said in disbelief to a dingbat guest while debating Calexit, a movement that calls for California to “secede” from the United States.
Calexit has gained steam as the radical left has become more extreme since President Trump took office. Calexit supporters want California to become an independent country through a ballot initiative in 2018 that would initially require 585,000 signatures.
Shankar Singam, vice president of the California Freedom Coalition, said California should leave the United States because it has the fifth-largest economy in the world and doesn’t need the rest of the country.
Besides, Singam said, much of America dismisses Californians as “snowflakes” and “hippies,” so what’s the big deal? Singam appears to be of Indian descent. It’s unclear how he rose to be the “leader” of the Calexit movement.
Tucker Carlson — who was born and raised in California — called Calexit ridiculous and half-baked. “Do you fully comprehend the implications of this?” he asked. “Why would the rest of us Americans let California go without a war?”
An apparently brain-damaged Singam replied: “This is California. We’re not the United States. We disregard what the United States thinks, or even their laws.”
A stunned Tucker Carlson fired back:
It’s basically the economy of Mexico: you’ve got a small number of rich people, the tech people. And you got a TON of poor people, and the middle class are leaving. That sounds like a recipe for instability.
Singam explained that he and his group want a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. In other words, he wants California’s middle class to leave so it can add more illegal immigrants, many of whom just drain the economy. In 2015, California received $368 billion in federal aid.
“In regard to the middle class leaving, that’s actually a good thing,” Singam said. “We need these spots opened up for the new wave of [illegal] immigrants.”
Tucker quipped: “You just said you’re happy to be exporting the middle class of your state. I never met you, I never heard of you. I don’t know if this is a parody, or if you’re high. And you’re happy California is exporting the middle class. Are you being serious?”
Meanwhile, if California did leave, hopefully this would go with it:
Some Californians said unhinged Calexit supporters like Shankar Singam do NOT speak for them. Nikki Finke, founder of the popular entertainment website, Deadline Hollywood, was furious.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) August 1, 2017
I was born and raised in California. You don’t speak for me, my family, my church family and the people I know. We will vote against you!
— Carmen Johnson (@CarmenJohnsonSD) August 2, 2017
Same here, I own property in California & spend lots of time there. I vote No! Deport the illegals. Is Shankar a foreigner & a US hater?
— World Traveler (@EnkiSpeaking) August 2, 2017
Why does a India film maker trying to exit California from the U.S.A?
— darrell krebs (@1250Tazz) August 2, 2017
CA may be the 5th largest economy, but without credit worthiness u could not stand on your own.
— MProfileTrader (@MProfileTrader) August 2, 2017
We Californians wanna separate
N Cali from S Cali
but not from our beloved USA.
N Californian’s are proud
to be Americans!
— MYKAL FURY (@MYKALFURY) August 2, 2017
Others said if California wants to leave the United States, vaya con dios, baby!!
I live in CA and I’m doing a Mikexit to AZ.
— Michael Weiser (@armydad1250) August 2, 2017
Mexico has already taken over California. The illegals have more rights than the citizens! Crazy
— CherylMay (@CherylM12835788) August 2, 2017
So, we heard it – they don’t need GOV. Money anymore!!!
— Molilaw (@truepolilaw) August 2, 2017
That guy musta borrowed some of Maxine Waters Meds; truly an Idiot!
— Hardesty, Pollyanna (@KevinHardest) August 2, 2017
Lmao can’t wait
— mary558 (@marymuldoon558) August 2, 2017
Pleeese pleeese California .. exit US… 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Sickofdemonrats (@repowashington) August 2, 2017