(Gateway Pundit) – Georgia State Senator Michael Williams, Trump’s former GA Co-Chair and Republican candidate for Governor, has been met with Antifa protesters on his “Deportation Bus Tour.”
The grey campaign bus is adorned with slogans such as “fill this bus with illegals” and “FOLLOW ME TO MEXICO.”
“There were already over two dozens protesters that were at our campaign office when we got there this morning,” Williams told Gateway Pundit on Wednesday. “The sheriff’s department showed up and actually had to chase off a few people that they thought to be MS-13.”
When I'm Governor, we're going to deport criminal illegals in GA by making the 287(g) illegal deportation program STATEWIDE
Vote Republican Michael Williams May 22nd -the only candidate for governor that endorsed Donald Trump – the others wouldn't endorse him against Hillary! pic.twitter.com/fEATVD8GM4
— Michael Williams (@williamsforga) May 15, 2018
In his campaign ad unveiling the new bus, Williams explained his policy that every city in Georgia would have to participate in 287(g), the federal program that allows local police and sheriffs to cooperate with the feds on immigration enforcement.
“The Michael Williams Deportation Bus Tour kicks off Wednesday, May 16 by visiting each of Georgia’s dangerous sanctuary cities: Clarkston, Decatur, and Athens. Throughout his bus tour of sanctuary cities, Williams will expose how dangerous illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs, and lower education standards,” the campaign said in a statement.
YouTube had also shut down their campaign video, but after outcry from Williams’ supporters they put it back online. Someone had added ridiculous subtitles, but the campaign is now working to remove it.
Williams explained to Gateway that “we were on The View, I never thought in a million years that Whoopi Goldberg would be trashing me like she was, especially for protecting citizens of this country and our laws. Her and John McCain’s daughter were having a heyday with it.”
The video promoting the tour outraged Atlanta Antifa, who promptly called for a protest.
We are not bottom-lining any activity, but for those interested in the stops tomorrow in Clarkston, Decaur and Athens — as well as the rest of the tour — here you go… pic.twitter.com/z3e2nTuacO
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) May 16, 2018
Comments responding to their call to action included suggestions that protesters “bomb the bus.”
— Michael Williams (@williamsforga) May 16, 2018
At the first sanctuary city stop, Williams said that there were well over 200 people between protesters and supporters.
“They were holding up signs — mostly derogatory — but it’s a free country and thats what I love. That is one of the things I am fighting for, protecting the rights of even those who disagree with me,” Williams said.
Williams told Gateway that he “couldn’t even count” the amount of violent threats that they have received over the bus tour, but said that law enforcement was doing a fantastic job keeping the peace.
— Rachel Stanley (@rachel_r_stan) May 16, 2018
A large crowd of counter demonstrators has surrounded Michael Williams' Deportation Bus tour. Williams has not come out of his RV. His staff is shuttling reporters inside. pic.twitter.com/DPdKDvhTls
— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) May 16, 2018
Williams was the first Georgia elected official to endorse President Donald Trump during his campaign.
The protests are ongoing and we will be updating this story as more information becomes available.