Important update: Peter Thiel is reportedly considering a run for Governor of California. And the Politico story did not fail to mention Thiel's position on California secession:
Adding fuel to the speculation: Thiel raised eyebrows this week when he granted a rare interview to the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. In the interview, he outlined his political worldview and explained his support for Trump.(At one point, Thiel said, perhaps jokingly, that he’d be “fine” with California seceding. “I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign,” he added.)"Perhaps jokingly"? Perhaps not.
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Entrepreneur and PayPal founder (and Trump supporter), Peter Thiel, is all "in" for California to go all "out" - out of the Union, that is. A recent "Confirm or Deny" interview with Maureen Dowd in the New York Times revealed this exchange:
I'm not so sure secession would be "good for California" though I am more inclined to accept Thiel's opinion that it would be "good for the rest of the country." Beyond that, this is interesting on a number of levels. For one, Thiel is certainly no "neo-Confederate" as he hails originally from Germany and is considered a Silicon Valley titan. And, of course, California was not part of the old Confederacy. But, at least in the near-term, the likelihood of California seceding from the Union is highly unlikely, barring some unforeseen event. However, in the long-term, I would not rule it out. Let world history be your guide.Maureen Dowd: California should secede.Peter Thiel: Confirm. I’d be fine with that. I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign.