America gives Trump the finger

States Rights to the rescue

Iter Sabbati

To review:

A truly unconscionable healthcare bill was postponed (but just for a few days) because, in part, members of the GOP didn’t find it unconscionable enough, the connection between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election was established, the White House decided to roll back clean water legislation and close the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the president of the United States decided to tweet and act like a 16-year-old girl who was two weeks late and whose boyfriend took someone else to the prom.

2020 at the earliest.

We’ll never make it.

There was also this.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is seeking several pieces of information about voters, including their names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history dating back to 2006.

The hell?

The most charitable view here is that Trump still can’t get over the election results — seems odd, being as he won — so he’s asking states to turn over information on the more than 125-million Americans who voted in November in an attemp to find four illegal Peruvian roofers who voted for Hillary Clinton, which will prove, in his mind, that if he campaigned in California, he would have won there … or something. The worst case scenario — and let’s go with this one — is the White House wants this information to suppress, cajole, and intimidate voters and states in the future.

But then a funny think happened on the way to states frog-marching off a cliff: many came down with a moderate to severe case of apoplexy, some even suggesting Trump jump in that sink hole that opened up in front of Mar-A-Lago.

As you can imagine, states like California, Massachusetts, and New York dismissed the request posthaste, but officials in states that supported Trump in November — red states — also parked it three rows deep.

Here’s just a sampling.

“There’s not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible,” Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) said on MSNBC. “Not on my watch are we going to be releasing sensitive information that relate to the privacy of individuals.

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Hosemann said in a statement on Friday. “Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”

Oklahoma election officials say they will hand over publicly available voter rolls to a federal commission investigating alleged voter fraud, but will not give the commission partial Social Security numbers it requested.

A spokesman for South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says the state will not share voter information with the Trump commission.

Kobach said Friday that Kansas, at least for now, also won’t be sharing Social Security information with the commission, on which he serves as vice chairman. The state will share other information about the state’s registered voters, including names and addresses, which are subject to the state’s open records laws.

Yes, the same Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of this cockamamie and preposterous commission, who made the request in the first place and is the secretary of state for Kansas, is the same Kris Koback who won’t be sharing information with — wait for it — Kris Kobach.

He’s Schrödinger’s Kobach.

Even Mike Pence, the vice president, former governor of Indiana, who’s chairman of this nonsense, was rebuked by his home state.

Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach. Under Indiana public records laws, certain voter info is available to the public, the media and any other person who requested the information for non-commercial purposes.

Right now, there are 29 states that have denied all or some of the request. It’s heartening because — in case this needs repeating — voter fraud, for the GOP, for people like Kobach and Trump, is really a euphemism for too many brown and black people going to the polls. Trump, in fact, has more children than there are actual cases of voter fraud.

As of writing, there are four demonstrated examples of people committing voter fraud during the 2016 general election. That’s 0.000002 percent of the ballots cast in the race for the White House — if they counted, which they won’t. (And it’s including the mayoral fraud in Florida.)31 out of 1,ooo,000,000.

Damn Peruvian roofers. They’re everywhere; they’re nowhere.

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