Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Is Terrible In Every Way

As evidence mounts to suggest that Donald Trump and associates defrauded the American public during his presidential campaign, Trump seems to be looking for a way to distract from that news. On Thursday, the White House announced an executive order that creates a “presidential advisory commission on election integrity.”

Whether anyone will actually be duped into thinking the president actually cares about electoral fairness at this time is questionable. Still, Trump is pushing forward and finally looking to address the rampant voter fraud he has alleged since the election.

You’ll probably recall that, despite winning the election, Trump had a difficult time accepting the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Presumably to save face, Trump claimed that somewhere between 3 and 5 million people cast votes illegally in the presidential contest. Furthermore, he insisted that all of those illegal votes were cast for Clinton.

Since November, the Trump administration hasn’t been able to offer up any evidence to support these claims, which are wildly at odds with the existing statistics on voter fraud. It appears that the commission on election integrity has been formed to drum up findings more in line with Trump’s initial accusation.

To be honest, the diversionary aspect of this commission is probably the least harmful part. If the commission comes back with a report that voter fraud is rampant – as the president clearly wants – we can expect voter suppression tactics to be amplified.

Trump is even more likely to get his desired results based on who he’s appointed. Heading the commission are Vice President Mike Pence, alongside Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State. The Nation reports that Kobach is one of the most outspoken alarmists when it comes to voter fraud, one of the only notable figures to try to defend Trump’s unsubstantiated claims.

In 2010, Kobach cited five supposed examples of noncitizens voting in his state over the past 13 years. He used that “proof” to add restrictions to the voter registration, leading one-seventh of all applicants to have their registration put on hold. This past week, a federal judge asked Kobach to show him any evidence of why it would be necessary to purge voting rolls like he wants.

Time and time again we see that attempts to squash an insignificant amount of voter fraud (0.0003 percent) with countermeasures just winds up disenfranchising a much higher percentage of American citizens who should be allowed to vote. That seems super counterproductive unless, of course, it’s a party’s true intention to prevent racial minorities and poor people from voting in the first place.

Back in January, Trump promised ABC News that this investigation would be coming. He said, “You can never really find, you know, there are going to be, no matter what numbers we come up with there are going to be lots of people that did things that we’re not going to find out about. But we will find out because we need a better system where that can’t happen.”

Perhaps you can make more sense of that comment than I can, but it seems like he’s saying that voter fraud is impossible to prove, but he’s going to find a way to “prove” it anyway. It’s hard to imagine that even with the most generous of numbers he won’t come anywhere close to a figure of three million.

All Americans should be wary of this commission that looks designed to pave the way toward further voter suppression. Trump’s executive order lacks the very integrity that it claims to be promoting.

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95 comments

Marie W
Marie W10 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

There were several people arrested for voter fraud here in Virginia. It's a lot more widespread than it's known. We need investigations!

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Sam W
Sam Wabout a year ago

He embarrasses America and I don't feel he cares about anyone or anything except $ & himself.

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a year ago

Thanks!!!!

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Joan E
Joan Eabout a year ago

There is virtually no voter fraud, but there is wholesale election fraud by Republicans. Trump doesn't just illegally remove voters from the rolls. He also conspired with Putin to fraudulently win the US election. We need a whole new election that doesn't include Trump, Putin, Pence, the daughter, the son-in-law, or the rest of the corrupt crew. Lock them up.

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a year ago

Thanks!!!

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william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

Thanks

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Mary B
Mary Babout a year ago

I don't care if there's been 'voter fraud' . This is just another issue for us to fight over. What I care about is what has each party done to make life BETTER for the MAJORITY of the people in this country. Dems win that one, but need some fixes to their programs. What have republicans done to help us ? All I've heard from them is it's "Not the governments responsibility to help the people of our own country". As if they think they aren't benefiting from everybody's work too. Apparently, they don't think they owe us anything. What else do you need to know about them ? This new breed is not at all the party of Eisenhower .

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeldabout a year ago

Darlene,
I agree wholeheartedly. Those that cannot enter into a civilized debate, presenting evidence and arguing the facts, should just keep quiet. Personal attacks, lies, and insults actually do more harm to one's position, as people tend to think that you have no valid reason to support your side, and must result to such low level tactics. It is reminiscent of the sleazy lawyer who attacks the integrity of a witness, because he cannot counter the witness's testimony. Politicians would be well advised to take a note from scientists; instead of trying to silence your opposition, let them speak freely. For in the end, the evidence does speaks volumes. Those taking the wrong side, will suffer for it. Trump did win over many voters by speaking freely. Unfortunately, it was only on a small number of issue, and the rest were anything but.

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Darlene Buckingham
Darlene Buckinghamabout a year ago

I have not know Care2 to removes posts that don't fit "Ideology". Debates are encouraged here. What is not encouraged is personal, derogatory, ad hominum remarks which in effect try to silence the differing viewing points. I think in the end the evidence speaks for itself. Trump is not doing a good job as President and that is due to attacking others rather than doing the right thing. People are tired of this and politicians are going to have to start behaving in the interests of people and the Planet. Trump may be a good business man but business is not aligning itself with common sense or making life better. The focus on business has created so many unhealthy situations and Trump is not alone in this. Obama paved the way for Trump. Politicians have been going downhill for awhile and it is good to see so many people on Care2 actively becoming involved in the solutions.

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