Today, President Trump announced the formation of a new commission focused on the President’s bizarre, fabricated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Even the Republican leaders of the House and Senate have rejected these bogus claims, but will they now?
The idea that you can fabricate issues, then create a task force to “investigate” those claims is farcical. This Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is clearly designed to promote a false narrative and pass laws which make it harder to vote. The dishonest agenda of this commission is illustrated by its vice-chair appointee Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has spent years promoting fear of immigrants and debunked voter fraud stories while pushing extreme, anti-immigrant, pro-racial profiling and voter suppression bills nationwide.
In recent years, voter suppression laws have been adopted by North Carolina and Texas — in both cases, courts found them discriminatory, intentionally designed to suppress votes from people of color. These laws — including strict voter-ID laws, and limits on voter registration, polling place hours and location, and early voting — also disproportionately make it harder to vote for older Americans, people with disabilities, transgender people, and anyone with limited income. Now President Trump wants to take voter suppression even further to tilt election results.
President Trump’s voter fraud claims have about as much credibility as his claims about President Obama’s birth certificate, or his respect for women, or that he will be “the best ally of the LGBT community.” NCTE will be watching the work of this commission to hold the Trump administration accountable.