Gutiérrez on Trump’s New “Voter Fraud” Commission & Appointment of Anti-Immigrant Leader Kris Kobach
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to news that President Donald Trump appointed anti-immigration leader Kris Kobach to a new commission on voter-fraud, stemming from the President’s sustained and outrageous campaign of lying about massive voter fraud in the 2016 election. Kobach, known as the “Lawyer for America’s Nativist Movement,” is the disgraced former Kansas Secretary of State who has made a career attacking immigrants and immigration and promoting conspiracy theories about voter fraud, especially targeting immigrant and Latino voters. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
I can think of no American less qualified for a position on any federal commission, let alone one about voting, than Kris Kobach. He is the architect of voter suppression policies and state and local anti-immigrant laws that have mostly resulted in lawsuits, injunctions and reversals, costing states and localities both in terms of money and reputation.
He is an enemy of American democracy who acts as if he believes that too many American citizens vote and that something must be done to stop them. I would call him an outlier even among Republicans, but it is getting hard to say that these days. He is clearly a radical when it comes to American policies concerning people of color, immigration and democracy.
It is one thing if our President invents the fantasy of voter fraud to try to cover up the fact that he lost the popular vote, but using government resources to go after massive voter fraud is fraud itself. It is frankly an elaborate and ideological cover up for having lost the popular vote and having been caught lying about it later.
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