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Thursday, May 11, 2017

 
Of course he named Kobach to his vote suppression commission

by digby




Martin Longman at the Washington Monthly gives us the bad news:

The Minority Leader of the Kansas Senate Anthony Hensley once stated that Kobach is “the most racist politician in America today,” and with plenty of justification. Kobuch is the brains behind both Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB56, the two most notorious anti-immigrant bills to be produced in this country in recent decades. He’s the country’s most famous proponent of bogus voter fraud theories and has boasted of successful efforts to suppress the minority vote both during his time as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and as Kansas’s Secretary of State.

He’s also a classic John Bircher-style nutcase who has referred to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters as “communists.”

Donald Trump seriously considered Kobach to serve as his Attorney General and also as his Secretary of Homeland Security:
It was later reported that Kobach was being considered for Secretary of Homeland Security, and was photographed carrying a document entitled “Department of Homeland Security, Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days” into a meeting with Trump. This plan reportedly included a register of Muslims as part of a suite of proposals, which also included the “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
So, that’s all a prelude to discussing this:
President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a long-promised commission to investigate voting fraud in the United States, a White House official said on Thursday.
I've written dozens of posts and Salon articles on Kobach who is one of the most malevolent people in American politics.  I'm actually surprised they didn't find a spot for him in the DOJ. He's a top anti-immigration and vote suppression expert.

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