Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) responded to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to ask the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15” because of fact-free Internet speculation which was circulated by the likes of Alex Jones and others.
Some Conservatives are concerned that “Jade Helm 15” is a cover for something more nefarious like the implementation of martial law, or Obama taking away guns.
McAuliffe said on Thursday during an interview with WJLA that Abbott’s decision to ask the State Guard to monitor the planned U.S. military training exercise was “one of the dumbest things” he’s ever heard.
Talking Points Memo reports:
The governor jumped into conversation at the top of the show after DePuyt previewed a later segment about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) decision to have the State Guard monitor the exercise, dubbed “Jade Helm 15,” to ensure that Texans’ rights are protected.
“I gotta say on the Texas situation, it has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard to bring out your guard to follow the military around,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe went on to say that his state is the country’s top beneficiary of defense spending and welcomed Texas businesses who consider Abbott’s use of the State Guard “a waste of time and resources” to come to Virginia.
“We’re too busy for that foolishness in Virginia,” he added. “We’ve got serious things to do.”
Even the Pentagon addressed this latest conspiracy theory.
“We are not taking over anything,” an exasperated Pentagon spokesman told reporters this week.
‘Jade Helm 15’ is an eight-week exercise by the Army’s Special Operations Command to train soldiers to fight in a variety of overseas terrain.
Watch courtesy of WJLA:
Rumors spread saying empty Walmarts have tunnels underneath them which will be used in the nefarious evil plot to takeover Texas.
Wal-Mart issued a statement dismissing those”rumors.”
“There’s no truth to the rumors,” Wal-Mart spokesperson Lorenzo Lopez said.
Right! That’s exactly what we would expect someone who is in on plot to say.
Naturally, FEMA camps are a thing again. Rumors spread that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has built detention camps along the way.
Gov. Greg Abbott legitimized the rumors by recruiting the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation, in order to assure Texans that “their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights, and civil liberties will not be infringed.”
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