Groups of armed conservatives in Houston, Texas, showed up to protest the removal of a statue of Texas hero Sam Houston because he owned slaves. The only issue was that the statue had never been considered for removal – it was all an elaborate trick by Facebook trolls – part of the Texas Antifa – who convinced Trump supporters and other state republicans to come out.
The Texas Antifa Facebook group created a movement called “Don’t Mess With Texas”, which obviously became popular because there are still plenty in the state of Texas that are proud.
These internet trolls got just what they wanted though, a big showing of Texas pride. Many groups showed up toting guns in favor of open carry laws, and others showed up with huge flags.
The Daily Mail reports:
A group called Texas Antifa posted on May 19 that groups on the left were attempting to get the Sam Houston Monument taken away, starting a ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ campaign.
‘We’re about to have a huge event in Houston June 10 with the combined forces of several large groups, perhaps our biggest ever,’ the page stated.
‘The Fascists better not show up or they will be limping home bruised, broken, hurt, and crying with their tails tucked between their legs.
‘We will be freely heard without their attendance because they rarely counter against us since they don’t have the support numbers and are few and far between, especially in Houston. Brothers go to our National Page for the event information.’
But after the posting, Houston Antifa told its members that Texas Antifa was not a real page.
‘Trolls are going to continue to use these nefarious tactics in attempts to misrepresent the purposes and ideologies of Antifa, to use hot button issues like statue removal, etc to mobilize and drum up ire from generica MAGAs / Conservatives,’ Houston Antifa told Buzzfeed News.
That didn’t stop angry protesters, however, who arrived to the park in droves. The recent removal of four Confederate monuments has raised fears that the trend could spread.