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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reject racism? Prove it with voting rights.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 8:11 AM

Best Tweet of the morning comes from historian Kevin Kruse:

If the GOP wants to make it clear it has absolutely nothing to do with white supremacists, it should restore the full Voting Rights Act.

The Trump administration, notably including the man who heads the Justice Department, doesn't have a good record on voting rights. Indeed, Donald Trump established a so-called election integrity commission aimed at continuing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's long effort in voter roll purges. I sent a message to the Arkansas member of the commission, lobbyist and former legislator David Dunn, about continuing to serve on a presidential commission already questioned for potential vote stripping from minority groups in light of Trump's remarks this week defending the neo-Nazi, KKK, white supremacist and white nationalist groups that triggered violence in Charlottesville. No response so far. Executives fled some Trump industrial councils on account of his words. The commission on which Dunn serves carries far more baggage.


UPDATE: I got this comment from Dunn about his feelings given recent developments:

At this point I have no intent to resign from the Election Integrity Commission. My involvement in this Commission was never an endorsement of anyone's policies, politics or personality. As this Commission moves forward, I will determine if my involvement remains in the best interest of the country and my fellow citizens. 

Still waiting, too, for an Arkansas Republican officeholder who'll be critical of Donald Trump personally. Several moved — after a delay of several days when the coast cleared — to condemn racism. But not Trump himself or his specific utterances. Or policies, such as vote suppression, that advance racial agendas. UPDATE: I see Sen. Jonathan Dismang quoted in the D-G as saying Trump's remarks were "unbecoming" of a president.

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