VP Pence Calls The Associated Press ‘Fake News’ And Immediately Gets Shut Down


Vice President Pence just tried to claim that news reports stating that 44 states are refusing to provide voter information to Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission are “patently false” and more like “fake news.”

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Well, the Associated Press is one of those media outlets.

The answer, however, is really in the details. It’s absolutely true that states are refusing to comply with the full order. But, Pence sent out a carefully crafted letter from the White House, per Kris Kobach, trying to dismiss that fact.

Here’s one interesting fact: even Kansas, where Kobach serves as Secretary of State, has refused to provide all of the information provided.

From the Associated Press:

“No state election official planned to provide the commission with all of the information requested — even Kansas, where commission vice chairman Kris Kobach is secretary of state. He sent the letter asking for the names, party affiliations, addresses, voting histories, felony convictions, military service and the last four digits of Social Security numbers for all voters.

A spokeswoman for Kobach’s office said the last four digits of Social Security numbers are not publicly available under Kansas law and would not be handed over. That was the case in many other states, noted in statements from top election officials and responses to queries from reporters for The Associated Press.”

What Pence is referring to is the “publicly available voter data” they also requested. Well, that’s a no-brainer. It’s already publicly available – how can they refuse it? It’s simply a way for Pence to confuse voters from the real news being sent out who really don’t know the difference. Mainstream media news outlets are all mentioning that fact.

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Read the full statement Pence’s office sent out:

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In any case, Pence got immediately called out for it:

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States aren’t just denying the Trump administration access to all the info requested, they are letting it known how ‘repugnant’ the request is.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh released a statement calling it among other things ‘repugnant’ and said the request was an ‘intimidation’ on voters, ‘designed to indulge Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.’

Here’s the statement, in part:

“As Attorney General, I take seriously my responsibility to protect the voting rights and privacy interests of Maryland citizens. I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge in President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote. Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true. There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election – or any other state – was compromised by voter fraud. I urge Governor Hogan and the State Board of Elections to speak out against this effort and to reject any further attempt to intimidate voters and obtain their personal information.”

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Maryland is joining the long list of states pushing back against Trump’s Election Commission.

In fact – the majority of states are now opposing President Donald Trump’s administration for asking for detailed voter information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and birthdates. The White House is requesting the information from all 50 states, saying it is vital in order to combat against illegal voting.

The letter sent out states it’s to “study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections” that may “undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections processes.” But, others believe that Trump will just use the information for its own purposes – one of those being Trump getting re-elected.

In any case, some secretary of states, even Republican ones, are balking at the request.

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said 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.”

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said 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.”

President Trump created the commission last month to investigate his claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote, which he maintains he would have won. It was one of the first things he talked about after becoming president – and it’s not supported by any verifiable facts. An analysis of voting data has so far found virtually no confirmed cases of mass voter fraud.

So, what does Trump plan to do with the state’s voter information? Some think Trump plans on making it harder for people to register to vote in the future. If that’s the case, it will be an assault on democracy and a partial plan to try to rig future elections in Trump’s favor.

 

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