Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach masks his constant “stomp out the vote” moves by saying he wants to make people “prove” their citizenship.
Unfortunately for Kobach, in all the years he’s been making a living off this canard, he has provided no proof that any Kansas election has been rigged, stolen or otherwise tampered with to any meaningful degree. His recent smattering of lawsuits against supposed “illegal” voters shows how flimsy his contentions are about election fraud. And judges have not ruled favorably on some of his efforts.
Which brings us to the recent gathering of the Kansas Republican Party in Overland Park.
Kobach labeled the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters as “communists” for daring to stand up to his bullying tactics. The ACLU, for instance, recently challenged Kobach’s “proof-of-citizenship” laws.
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“Kobach said: ‘The ACLU and their fellow communist friends, the League of Women Voters — you can quote me on that, the communist League of Women Voters — the ACLU and the communist League of Women Voters sued,’ Kobach said, making sure that reporters in the room heard him.”
Sure, the ACLU is a favorite enemy of ultra-conservatives like Kobach because of how it challenges the power of government.
Yet, it has fought police misconduct and battled for freedom of speech. Those are good things to do.
You know, just like good communists would do.
As for piling on the League of Women Voters? Really?
Here’s what the Kansas branch does: “We are a non-partisan, grassroots, volunteer and political organization with eight local Leagues across the state. For 93 years, we have encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government and have influenced public policy through education and advocacy.”
Ooh, nothing screams “communist” like a group that wants to help people vote in a democratic process, right Kris?