Trump barely squeaked into the White House. He lost the popular vote by over 3 million votes, managing his victory only through quirks of the antiquated electoral college system.
Now that he’s in power, he’s taking steps to prevent Americans from voting against him in the next election by employing that old favorite Republican tool, voter suppression. Ostensibly, his minions are looking for the “millions of illegals” that Trump dishonestly said voted for Hillary Clinton. No such thing happened, but it’s given him the pretext to proceed.
Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – Trump’s suppression hit squad – has sent out a request to every state for specific voter data, including names, addresses, party affiliation, and the last four digits of social security numbers.
Twenty-four states have already refused the request, but it’s having the intended effect in places. Voters, afraid of having their personal information disseminated, are already calling in to have themselves removed from voting rolls, an election official in Arizona reports:
In other words, Kobach’s absurd request is actively encouraging people to remove themselves from the democratic process. He’s already well on his way to completing his mission for Trump.