Kris Kobach can’t keep his mouth shut, whether he’s talking about near-racist crackdowns on immigrants or non-existent voter fraud. He’s gotten plenty of publicity on both of those counts, despite courts striking down lots of his actual initiatives.
Now his outspoken ways have put him in hot water with the new Trump administration and left him publicly humiliated.
As we found out Friday morning, Kobach won’t be the next attorney general of the United States. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, another guy with questionable qualifications, got the job.
(UPDATE: On Saturday, McClatchy reported that Kobach would meet with Trump this Sunday. “Clay Barker, the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said that one of Trump’s campaign advisers told him Friday that ‘a decision about Kobach would be imminent.’”
So will Trump reward Kobach with an anti-immigration post — or further humiliate him? I know which one I am rooting for….)
So what happened to Kris in his reach for the golden ring of being attorney general?
My view: Kobach went too far in recent days while being rumored for the job.
In story after story, Kobach showed up as the source who said fascist president-elect Donald Trump would renew a Muslim registry. He also said a Trump administration would definitely build that Mexico border wall without getting congressional approval.
The articles rightly got a tremendous amount of criticism from various quarters, including groups representing Muslims.
But then came this detail Thursday night: An official Trump transition team statement said Trump had “never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.” It added that Trump “plans on releasing his own vetting policies after he is sworn in.”
Yet what of Kobach’s yammering about the registry?
A CNN story added this detail: “Kobach told CNN he was part of the transition assisting with immigration, however a Trump spokesman said Thursday he is not officially an adviser. It is unclear if that changed after media reports on the new immigration plan were reported.”
And shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted, “A Trump official tells me Kris Kobach is not an adviser to the transition.”
Now don’t despair, Kobach fans.
He still could be in the running to go to Washington to help Trump put in place some kind of anti-immigration policy that would strike at the heart of our Democratic ideals.
But he apparently won’t get to be attorney general, which means America dodged a bullet.