NEW YORK – An Indian American from California, Shankar Singam, who is the vice president of the California Freedom Coalition and is taking lead in the “Calexit” movement – which seeks to have California separate from the United States and declare itself as a separate country – has made some controversial remarks which has created a buzz in the media and in the organization he’s associated with.
A number of Californians want to secede from the United States to make California a new country. Singam is in full support of that as he told Fox News Insider, “This is California. We’re not the United States. We disregard what the United States thinks, or even their laws,” adding that California is a “dominant… economic powerhouse” and has the fifth-largest economy in the world.
Singam appeared for an interview on Tucker Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday where he made such remarks claiming that he would like to take the middle class out of California to make room for a “new wave of immigrants.”
“In regard to the middle class leaving, that’s actually a good thing. We need these spots opened up for the new wave of immigrants to come up. It’s what we do,” Singam told CBSLA.com.
“We’re exporting our middle class to the United States. You guys should be thanking us for that,” he added saying that with this movement there is a chance for Texas to become a blue state in the future.
His remarks stunned Carlson who thought it was all a joke, “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?” he stated in a Bizpacreview report.
“Do you fully comprehend the implications of this? Why would the rest of us Americans let California go without a war?” Carlson added.
But Singam was quick in responding to him as a CBSLA.com report noted.
“If you’re gonna invade us, go ahead and invade us. You can shoot us, the stronger of us are gonna stand behind our weak and our poor and you can kill us first before you slaughter the weak and the poor,” Singam said.
In a Fox News Insider report Carlson said the “Calexit” movement wants California to become an independent country through a ballot initiative in 2018 that would require 585,000 signatures to get started.