How entertaining: Now even GOP officials are heaping deserved scorn on Kris Kobach for his latest bid to suppress voting in America.
Last week Kobach requested detailed information about voters from all 50 states. He’s vice chair of a Donald Trump scam called the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The data included addresses, last four Social Security figures, voting history and more.
Many Democratic officials objected, prompting Kobach to whine to The Kansas City Star: “They’re trying to use this as a soapbox to make some left-wing political statement.”
But Kobach ignored the fact that some Republicans already weren’t on board. And GOP opposition continued on Monday, part of 41 states that already aren’t going fully along with his demands.
I've rejected the federal government's request for voter data. https://t.co/hEOouYb47g
— Michele Reagan (@SecretaryReagan) July 4, 2017
In South Carolina, the GOP governor didn’t take kindly to Kobach’s requests:
The Governor of South Carolina sticks out his tongue at Kobach. pic.twitter.com/r5oSCBaKbz
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 3, 2017
And the independent election commissioner in Delaware weighed in:
Delaware election commissioner says state will not comply with Trump voter fraud commission's request for voter info pic.twitter.com/4ITUOShll2
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 3, 2017
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, on Monday had an amusing take on the whole issue, playing off a remark last week by GOP Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He had said the state would reject Kobach’s demand: “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from.”
When they ask for private voter info, time to tell the "Election Integrity" Commission to GO JUMP IN A LAKE! Pls RT. pic.twitter.com/uDkaUOxuCq
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 3, 2017
In addition, it was announced Monday that Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis Borunda had resigned from the Trump/Kobach panel.
All of this led vigilant Kobach critic Ari Berman — author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” — to crow:
This sham commission is melting down faster than Trump's twitter feed https://t.co/1U7EUjVglp
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) July 4, 2017
Stick around. Kobach will get more negative feedback in the days to come.
He’s one of those self-proclaimed “smartest guy in the room” who looks truly ignorant on closer inspection.
Kobach’s involvement in a shameful episode in voter suppression is another black eye for Kansas — and should further undermine his credibility to become the state’s next governor.