A Third of Republicans Think Obama is Invading Texas

As evidence of just how far the Republican party has gone off the conspiracy theory deep end, 1/3 of Republicans polled by PPP think that the Jade Helm 15 military training exercise means “the government is trying to take over Texas.” Almost another 1/3 haven’t made up their minds. Only 40% say they don’t think that’s true.

texastakeoverpoll

Interesting that Ted Cruz supporters buy into it by a huge margin, 56% to 21%, and a full 76% of Rick Perry supporters think the federal government is plotting to take over a state that is already under their control. That’s bloody genius. And the Tea Party contingent is even worse:

texastakeoverpoll2

None of this should be remotely surprising, of course.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    Which proves what I’ve been saying all along. 1/3 of Republicans are MORONS!

  • D. C. Sessions

    They haven’t yet grasped the creative audacity of Obama’s fiendish plan: he’s going to have the Army invade Texas and kick them out of the Union!

    Usually, a central government invades a province to prevent them from becoming independent. Well, we tried that once and aren’t going to repeat the mistake. This time, Obama is trying something that’s never been done before and Texas is totally unprepared to deal with it!!!!

  • D. C. Sessions

    Which proves what I’ve been saying all along. 1/3 of Republicans are MORONS!

    Actually, that’s less than most prior estimates.

  • StevoR

    Are we really sure that the responders sayng ‘yes’ to that survey weren’t being sarcastic? Really, really sure?

  • StevoR

    Maybe they need an “Anyone else” column and a also a “You’ve gotta be fucking joking one” too on that list of options there?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And? Yes, Republicans tend to believe that any action (or inaction) from Obama comes with nefarious intentions, but on the other hand Obama is invading Texas, armed with the military that we have absolute confidence in, never criticize and support wholeheartedly. It’s the perfect plan!

  • Callinectes

    I thought the government took over Texas in 1845?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Obama is just “securing the border”. By militarizing it, as they’ve so often suggested.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Peronally, I think it’s long past time for the government to take over Texas and I hope they’ll get going with it.

  • busterggi

    Not only do they believe Obama is going to use the military to take over Texas, they also believe that Obama has gutted the military so that it is completely ineffective.

    So why worry?

  • scott

    “Hello, Mexican Embassy? Have you got twenty bucks, a bottle of tequila, your copy of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and a Sharpie on hand? You do? Then do we have a deal for you!”

  • notruescott

    Good lord, that’s the current lineup of presidential contenders? The very best of them are a punchline, and the rest are a complete horrorshow. And the other side has Hillary, who has been generating animus for the better part of two decades. Anyone else? Anyone? Bueller?

    Yeah, we’re screwed.

  • laurentweppe

    Correction: a third of Republicans claim to believe that Obama is invading Texas.

    In other words, a third of Republicans are willing to lie even if it make them look like the village’s idiots.

    That’s… a lower number that I’d thought, actually.

  • demonhauntedworld

    To be fair, the poll says “take over”, not “invade”, so if we’re being charitable, at lease some of those who answered “yes” might be thinking in a less-than-literal sense. Still nutty, though.

  • caseloweraz

    Scene: A Cabinet meeting. “President Obama”* is the first to speak.

    “P.O.”: “Okay, next item is the takeover of Texas by means of Jade Helm 15. I propose we announce this three months in advance to give the government and sovereign citizens of Texas time to prepare. Any questions?”

    * I use quotes to show this is the made-up president that certain Republicans imagine to exist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Well…

    Somebody has to be on the wrong side of the curve, no matter what shape it is.

  • Loqi

    I’m amused that 76% of Rick Perry voters believe this shit, seeing as how Perry himself has criticized Republicans for believing this crap.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    scott, (presumably the true one), #11:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect comment on FtB.

    Well played. Well played indeed!

  • carpenterman

    They think they’re being taken over… by their *own*… a *third* of…

    Oh good Dog the STUPID… the STUPID! Make it STOP! It HUUURRRTS!!!

  • StevoR

    @ laurentweppe :

    Correction: a third of Republicans claim to believe that Obama is invading Texas.

    In other words, a third of Republicans are willing to lie even if it make them look like the village’s idiots.

    That’s… a lower number that I’d thought, actually.

    Good point but having seen this intersting item by Fred Clark on Slacktivist :

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2015/05/15/we-must-be-careful-about-what-we-pretend-to-be-how-tribal-cheerleading-creates-new-tribal-dogma-and-changes-the-tribe-to-conform-to-it/

    Over time, these kinds of tribal-cheerleading responses to pollsters and other catechists eventually become required responses. And thus, over time, the things that people pretend to believe as a “way of showing that they’re members in good standing” of their political faction become the things that members of that faction actually believe. The fluff becomes substance — becomes dogma. And the tribe is transformed to conform to this new dogma.

    As he goes on to say, it isn’t likely to happen in this case, JadeHelm will be over soon just like ebola was (at least the media scare campaign here in the West.) But still.

  • wearp

    Just you wait! When jade helm is over, there will be PERMANENT MILITARY BASES in Texas! MILITARY BASES I TELLS YA!

  • busterggi

    Heck wearp, I’ll bet they even have Txans IN the military!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597316935 ashleybell

    Ask these fuckers if they’re willing to put 100 dollar bet on it…They don’t mean any of this shit…This is all public declaration of conservative fealty…