At this point, Operation Jade Helm 15 should be renamed Operation Tinfoil Helm.
Joining the tinfoil hat brigade who believe the military exercise is going to carry out martial law is Senator Rand Paul, who told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson that he’d ‘look at’ the planned military training exercise that has the conspiracy nuts up in arms.
Many of the tinfoil connoisseurs on the Right believe that it’s cover for the implementation of martial law. One county judge in Texas has gone so far as accusing them of stirring up trouble, and as a response, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked the state guard to keep an eye on the exercise in a letter on Tuesday.
The Des Moines, Iowa, radio host asked Paul in an April 21 interview whether he was aware of he training, to which Paul responded, “You know I’ve gotten a few questions about it on the road and I really don’t — I’m not sure about exactly what is going on with that.”
I’ll save you the trouble, senator: it’s a military training exercise.
Mickelson pointed out that, “It’s making some people nervous, but it doesn’t take much to make people nervous nowadays. If you get a chance to, I’d like to know what the rest of the story is on that.”
Paul assured him that, “We’ll look at that also.”
A spokesman for Paul didn’t immediately respond to a comment request from TPM on Thursday. I understand why; it takes a very special person to actively admit they’re pandering to conspiracy nuts.
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