Ted Cruz: I Understand Why People Fear A Possible Military Takeover Of Texas

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas gestures while he talks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Saturday that he asked the Pentagon for answers about Jade Helm 15, a military training program that has sparked conspiracy theories about a possible military takeover of Texas, Bloomberg Politics reported.

The 2016 presidential candidate told Bloomberg during the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention that his office had been “assured that it is a military training exercise.” But, he added, he also gets where the conspiracy theorists are coming from.

“You know I understand the concern that’s been raised by a lot of citizens about Jade Helm,” Cruz told Bloomberg. “It’s a question I’m getting a lot. And I think part of the reason is, we have seen for six years a federal government disrespecting the liberty of the citizens and that produces fear. When you see a federal government that is attacking our free speech rights, our religious liberty rights, our Second Amendment rights. That produces distrust as to government.”

Cruz’s comments came after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered the state guard to monitor the military’s activities after the conspiracy theorists raised concerns.

Cruz told Bloomberg he has “a great deal of faith and confidence” in the governor.

Bloomberg also reported another prominent Republican and potential presidential contender was less concerned.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Bloomberg on Saturday that he was unaware of any conspiracy theories or fear surrounding Jade Helm 15.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who has also announced a run for president, said on April 21 he would “look at” the program, saying he wasn’t “sure about exactly what is going on with that.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of David Weigel’s YouTube channel:

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  1. " I understand the concern that’s been raised by a lot of citizens about Jade Helm,"

    Really? Because here’s the number of sane people in Amurikkka who “understand” this kind of delusional paranoia:

    #0

  2. I’d be more concerned about the Cuban takeover of Miami. Ooops, too late. Chew on that, pendejo.

  3. I’m kind of perplexed as to why current politicians don’t seem to care about the judgment of history they way politicians in the past seemed to care. Cruz has to realize that he’s making a fool of himself longterm; perhaps he’s just another grifter in it for the money?

  4. Avatar for korvu korvu says:

    He is. He just doesn’t realize it yet.

  5. This has nothing to do with government overreach and everything to do with one half of our political system stoking the fires of hate and paranoia for a solid 6 years.

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