While Donald Trump continues his whining about the “witch hunt” he claims is being orchestrated by everyone from Barack Obama, to the U.S. intelligence community and even his own Justice Department, an actual “witch hunt” has been ordered by the “president” to find the non-existent voter fraud that most definitely didn’t lead to “millions of people voting illegally” during last year’s election.
Despite the fact that even the vast majority of his own party has dismissed Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton only won the popular vote because “millions voted illegally,” that hasn’t stopped the orange buffoon from pushing forward with this “investigation.”
Because nothing says “I’m competent” more than Trump claiming that, in an election he won, there was rampant voter fraud — simply because his ego is too fragile to accept the fact that Clinton received three million more votes than he did.
Heading this “witch hunt” is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a scumbag who’s spent the last few years trying to rig elections for Republicans.
Well, after some rather sketchy behavior regarding a voting rights lawsuit that’s been brought against him by the ACLU, a federal judge has sanctioned Kobach for “deceptive conduct and lack of candor” and fined him $1,000 for “patently misleading representations.” The case centers around a “proof-of-citizenship” voter registration requirement Kobach is trying to implement in Kansas.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
As part of its lawsuit challenging the requirement, the ACLU asked the court to sanction Kobach for how he handled the group’s request to view documents believed to be proposals to amend the National Voter Registration Act, including a proposal he was photographed holding while meeting with Trump back in December. The ACLU’s legal challenge against his proof-of-citizenship requirement claims it to be in violation of the NVRA, making the documents potentially relevant to the case.
Once the judge had the opportunity to review the documents, he found that on multiple occasions Kobach’s legal arguments against handing them over muddied the waters about how the documents related to the case.
According to the court, Kobach gave “the strong impression that neither of the two at-issue documents relate to proposals by defendant to amend the NVRA’s eligibility-assessment provisions. Upon in camera review of the documents, the undersigned learned this is clearly not the case.”
“The court cannot say that defendant flat-out lied in representing the content of the disputed documents. In his response to the motion for sanctions, defendant attempts to defend his representations by thinly parsing the wording plaintiffs allegedly used,” the judge said.
In other words, Kobach has been trying to claim that documents the ACLU has requested weren’t relevant to the case, only for the judge to finally see said documents, and upon doing so, determined that they were, in fact, relevant to the matter at hand. While the judge couldn’t say with any absolute certainly that Kobach was blatantly trying to lie about the context of these documents, or their relevance to the case, obviously there was enough evidence presented that led to the Kansas secretary being sanctioned and fined by the court.
As I’ve said for years, if you know nothing about the differences between Democrats and Republicans, just know that one party wants to make it easier for people to vote, while also wanting higher voter turnouts, while the other one’s doing its best to make it much more difficult for people to vote — especially people of color.
If there’s one thing both sides should agree upon, it’s that voting should be safe, secure, and made easier for Americans to do.
But that’s not what Republicans want. They want lower voter turnouts and to make it more difficult for people to vote, because GOP candidates perform better when fewer people show up at the ballot box. Since they can’t win on ideas, they’re effectively trying to “rig elections” by making it more difficult for people to vote — especially those voters who don’t typically vote for Republicans.
Sadly, most conservative voters don’t seem to care. They’re perfectly fine buying into this ridiculous myth of voter fraud for which even Republicans can’t find evidence.
Because the truth is, for most conservatives, they don’t care how they win — even if it’s by unethically cheating — just as long as they win.
And now we have someone who was just sanctioned and fined for trying to obstruct a lawsuit alleging that he’s leading an effort to violate the voting rights for the people of Kansas as one of the heads of Trump’s “voter fraud commission.” A commission that was put together for no other reason than to satisfy the ravings of a madman who can’t handle the fact that Hillary Clinton received three million more votes than he did.