Conservatives, conspiracy theorists and some Republicans worried and predicted that President Obama was planning to invade Texas and impose martial law via the U.S. military's Jade Helm 15 training this summer (videos below).
According to a May survey from Public Policy Polling, 32 percent of Republicans believed the U.S. government was trying to take over Texas with Jade Helm training, while 28 percent were not sure, noted KVUE.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas told CBN in May how he was deeply offended that the U.S. military had designated Utah, Southern California and Texas as imaginary hostile territory; an offense that he ultimately tried to pin on President Obama.
In response to the Jade Helm conspiracy theory, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas called on the State Guard to monitor the U.S. military's Jade Helm training in April, noted the Associated Press.
Soon after that announcement, the Texas State Guard saw a “substantial increase in interest apparently due to the Jade Helm announcement” in people who wanted to join the State Guard, notes Gawker.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told David Weigel of the Washington Independent in May that he questioned the Pentagon about Jade Helm "because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don't trust what it is saying."
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' website Infowars.com stated: "The marching orders have been given to demonize Alex Jones for daring to expose Jade Helm. Jones reveals the decades-old plan for martial law using pentagon documents and establishment media reports to show that Jade Helm is part of the PsyOp to acclimate the American people to troops on the street and merge federal agencies with local law enforcement."
There was no invasion or martial law in Texas, but there were civilian shots fired near a Jade Helm training exercise in Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., reported The Daily Caller in August.
There were also three men arrested in North Carolina for allegedly plotting an attack on U.S. soldiers who were engaging in Jade Helm training, according to the Alabama Media Group last month.