George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner, did his best Davy Crockett impression this weekend when he took to Twitter to warn any potential protester not to mess with the Alamo.
“The Alamo is the Shrine of Texas Liberty. And it will be defended,” Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said. “Rest assured we have already deployed, for several weeks and will continue to do so, the Alamo Rangers in partnership with SAPD, the Department of Public Safety and The National Guard to protect this sacred site. My message to the protesters is simple: Don’t Mess with The Alamo.”
He then posted a photo of the security that has been put in place at the legendary building.
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KTSA reported that last month, the Alamo Cenotaph, which commemorates the famous 1836 battle, was spray-painted “with downward arrows and the words ‘White Surpremacy,’ ‘Profit over people’ and ‘the Alamo.’” That reportedly prompted the This is Texas Freedom Force, a group of armed Texans, to guard the building.
The Alamo was a Spanish mission that was the location of the famous battle between Texas settlers and Mexican troops, the Associated Press reported. It is considered the state’s most visited historic landmark. Nearly 200 defenders died during the 13-day fight, and the dead included Crockett and Jim Bowie, two famous frontiersmen. The Mexican troops were led by General Santa Anna.
The Associated Press said it is believed that most of the bodies who died there were burned. But the site is still giving up some of its secrets. In 2019, archaeologists found three remains in the Alamo’s church burial room and identified them as likely belonging to an adult, teenager and infant.
It has been three weeks since the death of George Floyd in police custody and cities continue to be on edge. Protesters in Seattle are still controlling six blocks in the middle of the city and new protests and arson erupted in Atlanta after another black man died after an interaction with police.
Bush, for his part, came out last week in support of President Trump in 2020 despite the reports of bad blood between his family and the Trumps.
“President Trump is the only thing standing between America and socialism,” he said. “I endorsed President Trump in the 2016 election cycle and plan to do so again in 2020.”