As of now, 44 states have denied Trump sensitive voter information requested on behalf of his disingenuously assembled Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by arch-voter suppression enthusiast and conspiracy theorist Kris Kobach.
In May, Kobach sent a letter to to all US states that requested sensitive information including political affiliation, voting record, and criminal history for registered voters. Attorney generals form across the political spectrum – from deep red conservatives to progressive liberals – have denied the request, regarding it at a gross overreach.
Trump has erroneously stated that he lost the popular vote because millions voted illegally, a claim for which he has provided absolutely no evidence.
One attorney general responded to the commission’s request with a scathing take down of Trump’s narcissistic motives. Brian E. Frosh of Maryland wasted no words calling Kobach’s eerily despotic call for private information exactly what it is. He declared the request “repugnant,” stating that it “appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.”
Maryland rejects Trump voter fraud panel's request for voter info — and this is a scorching statement from Maryland's attorney general pic.twitter.com/1EGf7VKjfa
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 3, 2017
If there is one thing the nation has cause to be thankful for since the January inauguration of modern history’s least popular president, it’s that the checks and balances of the country’s system of governance have held up. They have up to now, at least.