Donald Trump has been perpetuating a massive lie since before the election, and it’s that rampant voter fraud is plaguing the nation.
To confront this dilemma that doesn’t exist, Trump has created an “election integrity” commission. If we stay on this path then I expect future commissions on vampires, zombies, and people Trump voters who wake up screaming in the night “my god! What have I done?”.
The reality is, this creation of this commission is to serve two purposes: Soothe Trump’s damaged ego over the fact that fewer people voted for him than Hillary Clinton, and to find out who has been voting for Democrats so the Republican-led federal government can create new ways to prevent them from voting.
This commission has sent letters to every state and the District of Columbia asking for information on every single voter. They want names, birth dates, addresses, voting record, party affiliation, and the last four digits of their social security numbers.
The commission argues that much of this information is public record. Fine then, go find it yourself. The States should not be helping Trump and his goon squad from intimidating voters.
It’s always the conservatives who scream and panic over the federal government infringing into their private lives, especially regarding stuff like guns and religion. They’re perfectly fine with it restricting religions they’re not a part of, restricting marriage rights, or a commission made up entirely of old white guys telling women what they can’t do with their bodies. This voter thing may be going a bit too far, even for the troglodytes.
Several states have said they will provide some information, but not all like social security numbers. I don’t think they should give them anything and a few states, like California, New York, and my home Virginia aren’t going to cooperate.
“This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said in a statement. “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.” McAuliffe is not alone.
Alex Padilla, the California secretary of state, said providing data “would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud.”
Even conservative states are balking. Mississippi’s secretary of state said they can go “jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to do that from.” I can vouch for that. Having lived in Mississippi and jumping into the Gulf of Mexico from that state, it was great.
Not to be out-quipped by Mississippi, Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes said, “there is not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible.”
Mike Pence, a man who can be trusted in regards toward your private life, is leading the commission. The vice-chair is Kris Kobach, Secretary of State for Kansas. Kobach has a sketchy history when it comes to investigating voter fraud.
Kobach has lost in court multiple times for attempting to knock voters off the registration in his state. Now he’s trying to do it nationally by requesting the information of over 200 million voters.
Over 25 states have expressed concern over this request. Each and every single one of them should tell Trump, Pence, and Kobach to jump in the Gulf of Mexico.
How bizarre that the man who received help by the Russians to win the White House is worried about brown and black people voting. It’s very peculiar that the reality of Russian meddling in our election can’t be confronted by this man, but he believes in myths such as voter fraud. How about Trump releasing his taxes and financial documents before you tell him which party you’re registered with, or how often you’ve voted over the past decade?
The only fraud is Donald Trump and his entire administration.
Clay Jones can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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