FEATURING GREG PALAST – Donald Trump, soon after last November’s election, made wild claims about millions of votes cast by non-citizens as a way to explain his popular vote loss. Refusing to back off from those claims, he has now convened a so-called “election fraud” panel to which he named Kansas State Secretary Kris Kobach, famous for being the subject of four successful ACLU lawsuits based on his blocking the legitimate rights of thousands of people to vote.
Trump’s claims of election fraud are perfectly in line with a long-running claim by Republicans like Kobach that is utterly lacking in evidence, of widespread election fraud in the US. Only when seen through an Orwellian lens do these conservative claims make sense: by claiming there is election fraud the GOP, and now Trump, create the basis for undermining voting rights of those people who tend to vote for their rivals. In other words, Trump’s election fraud panel might as well be entitled a “vote suppression” panel.
Greg Palast, investigative reporter, whose news-breaking stories appear on BBC Television, The Guardian and now in Rolling Stone Magazine. His new film is The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on his New York Times bestselling books.