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The White House's We The People page has gained media attention after several secession petitions popped up. There are now petitions covering all 50 states.
The first petition to gain wide notice was one for Texas, which is now up to 97,000 signatures. The petition popped up on Nov. 9, just days after President Obama won re-election.
“I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama,” Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller told Politico. “This cake has been baking for a long time — it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”
Miller added, “This is not a reaction to a person but to policy and what we see as a federal government that is so disconnected from its constituents and absolute no regard for what its purpose was.”
According to The Huffington Post, petitions need just 25,000 signatures before the Obama Administration will officially review them.
The Daily Caller notes that, as of Wednesday morning, there are 69 petitions that now cover all 50 states. A Vermont petition was the last to appear on the site.
In addition to Texas, petitions from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana have all reached over 25,000 signatures.
So far, government officials are not supporting the movements, notes Politico. Reps for both Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have said that they do not support seceding from the union.
Even the conservative site RedState.com slammed the movements. “We here at RedState are American citizens,” editor Erick Erickson wrote. “We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you.”