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Texas Governor Trolled by Russians Practicing for 2016 Election

It seems the complete freak out in Texas about Operation Jade Helm 15, a completely legitimate U.S. military training exercise, was fueled by Russians trying to dominate ‘information space’ and stoke fear in U.S. citizens – much like they seem to have done in the 2016 elections.  The tactic worked so well that Pander Bear in Chief, Gov. Greg Abbott, actually sent the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation and proved the power of the tactic to the Russians.  Michael Hayden, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe podcast, said that Texan fear over Jade Helm 15 was due to “Russian bots and the American alt-right media [that] convinced many Texans [Jade Helm] was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents.”  As a South Texan, I can tell you for a fact that people were freaked out and carrying guns, worried about being sent to a ‘concentration camp’ in abandoned WalMarts.  And… it started with newspaper announcements letting people know that the military they would be seeing was part of a regular military exercise – SO DON’T FREAK OUT.  Being the kind of people we are down here, of course half the folk freaked out. (The rest of us laughed and bought t-shirts.)

While Gov. Abbott was completely punked by the disinformation/fear campaign, other Texas thought sending in the Guard was uncalled for. “I think it’s okay to question your government — I do it on a pretty regular basis,” said former Gov. Rick Perry, who is now U.S. Energy Secretary, told reporters at the time. “The military’s something else.”

Hayden’s comments allow the Texas Democrats to remind citizens of the idiocy of Gov. Abbott’s responses during the Jade Helm Hysteria. “It doesn’t take an intelligence expert to see that Trump Republican Greg Abbott calling the Texas Guard on the U.S. Military was downright idiocy,” remarked Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party “Abbott still owes the men and women of our armed forces, and every single Texan, an apology.”

Read more: Texas Tribune

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