A Republican Georgia state senator is beginning his race for governor by taking a peculiar route in the form of a bus he calls the “Deportation Bus Tour.” Sen. Michael Williams, who was his state’s co-chair for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, is touting a school bus that will drive across the state of Georgia and will bring awareness to his campaign’s strong push against illegal immigrants.
The “deportation bus” tour has covered the state Georgia leading up to the primary voting today.
.@williamsforga actually created a deportation bus… with his name plastered on the side… 😯 #GA, you deserve better. Now, more than ever, #GOTV for @StaceyAbrams. #TeamAbrams MORE: https://t.co/wwtvY8mwM7 pic.twitter.com/N99AOx9fE4
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) May 15, 2018
The bus didn’t really round up any undocumented immigrants. The campaign tactic follows the GOP party’s hard stance on illegal immigration that has only strengthened since President Trump took office.
Williams is one of five Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Georgia’s upcoming governor’s race, is taking his stance against illegal immigration to another level. The bus is labeled with the words “Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molestors, and other criminals on board.” and “Follow me to Mexico.”
Coincidentally the bus ran into a bit of a bump on the road as it broke down the first week on its tour through Georgia.
— Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) May 18, 2018
The bus stopped on the side of Interstate 75 in Calhoun, Georgia after water entered the fuel tank. His campaign spokesman, Seth Weathers said the bus had been fixed after a few hours on the side of the road.
Williams has run a campaign on the basis of cracking down on illegal immigration at all costs.
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) May 16, 2018
“We’re not just going to track them and watch them roam around the state,” Williams says in his political ad on Youtube. “We’re going to put them on this bus and send them home.”
The video was removed from YouTube for violating its policy on hate speech, just a day after it debuted.
Williams focused the beginning of his bus tour in a few Georgia cities known for being welcoming towards immigrants.
— The Red & Black (@redandblack) May 18, 2018
Williams was met with about 300 protestors in Clarkston, Georgia.where he was supposed to speak about his immigration plans. He was deterred by chants of “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here.” The senator targeted “sanctuary cities” across the state with the bus until the day before the state primary on May 22.
The campaign tactic follows a week of attacks on Latinos and immigrants from the President to a New York lawyer.
It's 2018 and this past week: a candidate for governor in Georgia has a deportation bus for his campaign, President Trump called immigrants animals, and a racist lawyer yelled at two Latina women for speaking Spanish. I'm so tired. pic.twitter.com/Jw3W74BVTG
— Ciriac Isbeth (@ciriacisbeth) May 17, 2018
From President Trump’s comments on immigrants calling them “animals’ to a New York lawyers racist attack on two Latino women speaking Spanish, it’s been a long week for Latinos that have had to endure racial discrimination from across the United States.