Responses To Trump’s Commission on Voter Integrity Requesting Data On Voters Ranges From Hysterical To Surreal, to Too Real.
Unable to acknowledge he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton Donald Trump reacted, in typical childish fashion, by fabricating false charges that she won because millions voted for her illegally. Trump told members of Congress some three to five million votes were illegally cast. He had not a shred of evidence.
In the firestorm of condemnation that followed, to include suggestions from members of both parties that he put up or shut up, the President did the classic thing. He formed a sham Commission to prove that which he claimed he already knew but had no evidence for. The Commission is run by Republicans who had already made similar false claims.
This Kangaroo Court, formally known as the “Presidential Advisory Commission On Election Integrity,” finally got to work and last week sent out requests for publicly available information regarding voters to the Secretaries of State (who handle elections at the state level) of all 50 states. The requests included voter names, addresses, last four of social security numbers and so on.
Since then, states have been responding negatively. As of this writing, not a single state has said it will respond fully. 29 states have said they will not fully comply, with many of those saying they will not comply at all. Some of the responses have been colorful in effectively telling the Commission to “go to Hell.”
Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (a Republican) told the Commission to “go jump in the Gulf.”
An even better line came from Democrat Alison Grimes, the Secretary of State for Kentucky, who said “There’s not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible.”
Now that’s a LOT of bourbon.
In perhaps the most surreal response, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who Co-Chairs this sham Commission, and signed the letter requesting the information, grudgingly acknowledged that under Kansas law he could not release all of it. He did this even while condemning the non-cooperation of other Secretary’s of State snidely echoing Trump’s comment of “what have they got to hide?”
New York Governor Cuomo said “New York refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election” flatly stating “We will not be complying with this request.” Pennsylvania’s Governor similarly said “You can add PA to that list. We will not participate in this systematic effort to suppress the vote.”
The Secretary of State for California sent a strongly worded letter slamming the credibility of the Commission:
“I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.”
Another strong response, hitting the nail on the head, came Secretary of State Steve Simon from Minnesota who said:
“I will not hand over Minnesota voters’ sensitive personal information to the commission. I have serious doubts about the commission’s credibility and trustworthiness. Its two co-chairs have publicly backed President Trump’s false and irresponsible claim that millions of ineligible votes were cast in the last election.”
That’s the problem right there. Trump does not have any credibility and this bogus commission of his has no credibility.