Rick Perry told Glenn Beck that, if he were president, no one would worry that he planned to invade Texas and ship off conservatives to Walmart detention centers – as many Republicans fear President Barack Obama will do this summer.
The former Texas governor and possible GOP presidential candidate addressed Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories Wednesday on the conservative talk show program, reported Right Wing Watch.
Perry agreed with Beck, who said the fact that “normal Americans” fear the president will allow Islamic State militants to invade southwestern states during the military exercise proves that “crazy things are happening right now.”
“Let’s say that I were to become the president of the United States,” Perry said. “I think there will be a clearly changed attitude toward that office, what comes out of that office, the messaging that comes out of that office that clearly puts America back on a course where people [don’t believe the president will implement martial law and allow Russians to build ‘death domes’].”
Perry, whose successor has bowed to conspiracy theorists and asked the State Guard to monitor the training exercise, said conservatives were correct to worry about Obama’s intentions – but he cautioned them against criticizing the military.
“I hope people always question government, but don’t question your military,” Perry said. “Don’t question the men and women who have put their hands up and sworn this oath to our Constitution to defend this country.”
Watch the conversation posted online by RWW Blog: