President Donald Trump has just launched a commission on “election integrity” and critics are already calling it a total sham.
The new commission was established by way of an executive order. The commissions sole purpose is to prove that Donald Trump’s random statement about 3 million undocumented immigrants voting was true.
The group is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. It is focused on proving voter fraud and voter suppression. Trump has promised that members of both major political parties would be involved in the commission.
“The president’s committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections,” White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday. “And that’s exactly what this commission is tasked with doing.”
Several Democratic leaders on Thursday said Trump’s commission was both unnecessary and an attempt to divert attention the oddly-timed termination of FBI Director James Comey.
Before Trump signed his order, New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, D, said that “no matter how many times President Trump claims otherwise, voter fraud is an imaginary problem.”
Schneiderman’s own office conducted an extensive investigation into voter fraud in late 2016 and found no major cases to report.
Various studies have clearly shown that in-person voter fraud is incredibly rare. The National Association of Secretaries of State went so far as to say it was “not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.”
The White House said the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will deliver its first report to President Trump in early 2018.
At no other time in U.S. history has a U.S. President who won the election spent so much taxpayer money in an attempt to satisfy his own ego’s need to have won the popular vote.
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