Donald Trump Abruptly Cancels Ludicrous Voter Fraud Commission

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Trump did away with his voter fraud commission on Wednesday, but definitely not before the situation had already become insulting, outlandish, and distracting.

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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” which the White House dreamed up in May so that Trump could better convince the voices within him and subject to him that voter fraud is a real honest-to-god problem, was being terminated, but not, according to the administration, because the President was wrong.

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Trump gave his weird excuse in a White House statement:

“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”

The President’s given reason is quite apparently absurd, as no state has found significant evidence of voter fraud, and internally the White House does not seem too calm about how this whole nonexistent issue was handled. A White House advisor told CNN that the commission was a “shit show” that went “off the rails.”

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights told the Times that “the commission’s entire purpose was to legitimize voter suppression.” That sounds about right.

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DISCUSSION

“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry.”

Oh, I believe this rationale.

Because all remember what that ‘basic information’ the ‘commission’ demanded was, yes? If anyone needs to be refreshed (from CNN):

The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas.

The commission was a front for ascertaining a bevy of citizens’ most sensitive information to be utilised in likely nefarious ways.

And, this time, those in charge (in both parties) stood with the people.