Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was the first governor to fan the flames of conspiracy theories about whether an upcoming military training program was actually a secret attempt to impose martial law.
But none of the nation's other governors have been quite so willing to jump on the bandwagon.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) even went so far on Thursday as to say Abbott's decision to order the Texas State Guard to monitor the military exercise was "one of the dumbest things" he'd ever heard. (The military has described the exercise as standard special ops training.)
While McAuliffe's state is not among those hosting the exercise, known as "Jade Helm 15," seven other states are. In fact, over the course of planning the multi-state operation, the US military has named 10 states in which the training was supposed to take place. Three of those states — California, Nevada and Colorado — appear to no longer be involved.
Over the past several days, TPM and other news outlets have reached out to the governors whose states were at some point listed as locations for the training, which is scheduled to run from July 15 to Sept. 15.
Here are the responses so far:
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