At least two clever Texans sent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) pieces of foil “for your hat” after he ordered the Texas State Guard to “monitor” the U.S. military’s training exercise known as Jade Helm 15, Gawker reported on Tuesday.
The foil was a reference to conspiracy theorists who are sometimes characterized as wearing foil hats to prevent their thoughts from being read. The message was unearthed by Gawker reporter Sam Biddle as part of a public records request.
One of the foil packages reportedly contained the message: “For your hat! Thanks for making our state look like idiots!”
Additionally, a roll and a sheet of foil without any messages attached prompted an internal email within the governor’s office, according to Gawker.
“We will log in as opposing the State Guard monitoring the Jade Helm exercises,” Deputy Director of the Constituent Communication Division Dede Keith wrote of the foil. “I googled around to see if I could find someone calling on folks to sent it and came up empty thus far. If we get more, I’ll let you know.”
Images of the foil are below:
Jade Helm 15, described by the U.S. military as a standard training exercise, spurred fear that the program was actually a covert attempt by the U.S. government to take over the state of Texas and the surrounding area.
The program, set to occur in several Southern states, quickly generated attention from the fringes — and from some politicians — as photos allegedly documenting the alleged impending takeover spread across the internet.
While the records request unleashed mail supporting the governor’s ordinance, a good deal of the material provided to Gawker expressed disapproval for Abbott’s handling of the situation.