This is a new, and yet expected, level of complete disconnection from reality on the part of the Trump Administration.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was recently formed by the Trump Administration, following Donald Trump’s months-long campaign of claiming, without basis, that massive voter fraud took place in the 2016 presidential election.
Curiously, the vice chairman of the colloquially termed “voter fraud commission,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, insisted in a Wednesday interview with NBC’s Katy Tur that the purpose of the commission is to examine the integrity of the nation’s electoral system as a whole, not just in the context of Trump’s claims about the 2016 presidential election.
With the commission being created after Trump promised to “do something” about the voter fraud he alleged took place in 2016, Kobach’s assertion is debatable at best.
The claim that the commission does not exist to investigate the 2016 election isn’t even the most bizarre point from Kobach’s Wednesday interview. Kobach also asserted, completely without evidence, something that contradicts his very claim that he’s not looking into the 2016 election in light of Trump’s allegations about it in his work.
Kobach, who is the wildly controversial, far right top law enforcement official in Kansas, told Katy Tur that “we may never know” if Hillary Clinton truly won the popular vote in the 2016 election.
When pressed, he said:
‘What I’m saying is, let’s suppose that the commission determined there were a certain number of votes cast by ineligible voters. You still won’t know whether those people, who were ineligible, voted for Trump or for Clinton or for somebody else. It’s impossible to ever know exactly if you took out all the ineligible votes, what the final tally would be.’
Clinton having won the popular vote is what underlies Trump’s claims that massive voter fraud took place in the 2016 election. She won it by almost 3 million votes, although Trump — obviously — won the election through eking out a winning margin in the electoral college, drawn from a few densely populated states.
Trump, quite simply, got personally offended by Clinton’s victory in the popular vote, because it undercuts his attempt at asserting himself as lord over all else.
Even still, no matter how many officials join the president on his adventures in la la land, there is no indication whatsoever that Hillary Clinton did not win the popular vote; end of story.
Watch Tur interview Kobach below.
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In a victory for Vladimir Putin, Kobach asserted in his interview with Tur that our entire democratic electoral system should be considered in question.
Additionally, Kobach eventually admitted that according to his logic, Trump’s electoral college victory is in question.
Kobach’s commission’s has already come under serious scrutiny for requesting that states hand over private data of their voters.
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