“Follow Me To Mexico”
May 22nd, 2018 – Michael Williams’ bid for Georgia Governor will come to a halt tonight, but his campaign “deportation bus” sure did put in a lot of miles along the way. The Republican candidate was polling in the single digits at the end of April, and is currently trailing four other political hopefuls, as his campaign went all in against illegal immigration.
Williams premiered his “deportation bus tour” with a Facebook post on May 15th, laying out details to visit 27 spots that he deems “sanctuary cities.” The state legislature banned sanctuary cities in 2009, but Williams targeted places that have been more compassionate to immigrants.
“We’re gonna implement my 287(g) deportation plan that’s gonna fill this bus with illegals and send them back to where they came from,” he said in a campaign video. “We’re not just gonna track ’em and watch them roam around our state. We’re gonna put them on this bus, and send them home.”
As the ad continues, Williams moves to the back, exterior of the bus where viewers see a warning stating “DANGER! MURDERERS, RAPISTS, KIDNAPPERS, CHILD MOLESTERS, AND OTHER CRIMINALS ON BOARD.” The word “molesters” is misspelled.
“If you’re as tired as I am with politicians that do nothing but talk and you wanna see this bus filled with illegals, vote Michael Williams on May 22nd,” the candidate says while slapping the “FOLLOW ME TO MEXICO” sign on the bus.
Williams has promoted himself as “Pro-Trump” and just like our president, who once said an Indiana-born federal judge couldn’t be impartial because of his Mexican heritage, says he isn’t racist. The state senator says the bus is merely promoting an adherence to law and order and that his team won’t actually be rounding anybody up.
Some local residents disagree with this framing and protested the candidate when the bus tour rolled into their towns. Around 300 people came out to speak their minds in Clarkston, Georgia including immigrants who feel scared even though they have become U.S. citizens.
Atlanta Spanish-language radio host Marco Esparza added his voice to the mix with a Facebook post condemning the “racist, generalizing” candidate.
While his supporters cheered on the gas pedal, opponents smiled when the deportation bus broke down last week on Interstate 75. Campaign spokesperson Seth Weathers sarcastically said the team doesn’t blame ANTIFA after learning that water had gotten into the bus’ fuel tank.
Williams is currently retweeting voters who made their way to the polls after seeing the deportation bus stunt.
— Michael Williams (@williamsforga) May 22, 2018
I am so Happy that I voted for Michael Williams @williamsforga in the early voting for the Georgia Primaries. When I saw his Deportation Bus it made me even 150% more resolved for him to become the next Governor of Georgia.
— Robert C. Deplorable – Pathetic Crumb Collector. (@robertc01a) May 18, 2018