Trump Appoints Commission to Investigate Imaginary Widespread Voter Fraud
- Author: Joanne Flowers May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 13:49
Now, he will be second only to Vice President Mike Pence, whom we hope is busy running the country, on a 12-person commission Trump just created with an executive order to review improper registrations and voting, fraudulent registrations and voter suppression.
Under a state law he lobbied for, Kobach is the only elections secretary in America with his own team of prosecutors, independent of the attorney general, who can target voter fraud - although his actual attempts to find voter fraud were nearly a complete bust.
Clinton, however, won almost three million more votes than Trump in the popular vote.
After plucking off that pesky Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, POTUS is finally able to investigate something that really matters: widespread voter fraud in the country that just elected him President.
According to Politico, President Trump also made allegations of voter fraud during a closed-door meeting with a group of senators slated to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. "Very, very few people who are non-citizens have tried to register to vote in Kansas", Doug Bonney, chief counsel and legal director of the ACLU of Kansas, said in an interview past year.
"Kris Kobach being named to run a commission on "voter integrity" is like naming Bernie Madoff to run a commission on financial crimes", Frank Sharry, the executive director of America's Voice Education Fund, told the New York Times.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called the commission "a thinly veiled voter suppression task force", adding that it was "designed to impugn the integrity of African-American and Latino participation in the political process".
But as much or more than the initiative itself, the early criticism has been trained on its designated point man, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
"And provide the president with a report that identifies system vulnerabilities that lead to improper registrations and voting".