Rand Paul Strokes Troubled Brows Of Conspiracy Theorists In Texas
Credit: Michael Vadon
May 1, 2015

It's no secret that Rand Paul and Alex Jones are best buds. Alex Jones has a wild hair up his butt over Operation Jade Helm, the military training exercise in Texas that Jones claims is really a stealth Obama operation to steal Texans' civil rights away and impose martial law on them.

Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in a recent interview that he'd "look at" a planned U.S. military training exercise that conspiracy theorists believe may be a cover for the implementation of martial law.

Des Moines, Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson asked the Republican presidential candidate in an April 21 interview whether he was up to speed on the training exercise dubbed "Jade Helm" that's scheduled to take place in several southwestern states.

"You know I've gotten a few questions about it on the road and I really don't—" Paul responded. "I'm not sure about exactly what is going on with that."

"It's making some people nervous, but it doesn't take much to make people nervous nowadays," Mickelson said. "If you get a chance to, I'd like to know what the rest of the story is on that."

"We'll look at that also," Paul assured him.

No, that's not how this works if you're running for President. If you're running for President, you need to look presidential, and looking presidential means unequivocally laying those fears to rest. Period. End of discussion.

No sane person believes that our special forces are out to take over Texas. Please.


He's going to look into whether or not the US Military is planning to put Texas under martial law and drop death squads into small towns to assassinate conservatives. Good news. I sure hope it isn't true ...

In case you were wondering, this daffy conspiracy theory originated with Rand Paul's good buddy Alex Jones. Paul's been appearing on his show for a couple of decades babbling about black helicopters and the like. These are his people.

I agree with Digby in that post -- this disqualifies Rand Paul for the presidency. If he can't sort out fact from fanciful conspiracy fiction, he's not qualified. Period.

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