Trump Dissolves His Fraudulent “Election Integrity” Commission
In addition to the circular firing squad currently going on over Steve Bannon’s comments about Trump, we have some more good news to report.
Remember that bogus “election integrity” commission Trump formed to look into one of the right’s favorite fantasies, “voter fraud?” The commission that savvy people realized was intended to further disenfranchise minority and disadvantaged voters, to ensure future right wing control of government? Headed by white nationalist-connected anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach?
It’s gone. 86’ed. History. Trump dissolved it today with a typically petulant statement, blaming it on state governments that refused the commission’s outrageous requests for the personal information of hundreds of millions of voters.
Huge victory for voting rights as Trump dissolves his sham “election integrity” commission. It faced 15 lawsuits & nearly half of states refused to hand over sensitive voter data to commission pic.twitter.com/mQHUIhZLcl
There are still a couple of troubling things in this statement:
- It says "despite substantial evidence of voter fraud..." when in fact there is nearly zero real evidence of voter fraud.
- What in the hell does the Department of Homeland Security have to do with voting? This is disturbing.
Kobach confirms to @BryanLowry3 what many experts suspected: DHS will look for non-citizens on the voter rolls states have already turned over. Kobach calls it a “tactical shift.” https://t.co/WVbvo5o9Rv pic.twitter.com/WxMHh72WnE
Bam. This is why I suspected a trap. https://t.co/98E6jv7c4W