Donald Trump has disbanded his clearly fraudulent voter “fraud” — read: suppression — commission, the one that he claimed would prove that 3-5 million people voted illegally in last year’s presidential election — all of them for Hillary Clinton, of course.
President Trump on Wednesday announced that he is disbanding a controversial panel studying alleged voter fraud that became mired in federal lawsuits, including from one of its own members, and faced resistance from states that accused it of overreach.
The decision is a major setback for Trump, who created the commission last year in response to his baseless claim that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of millions of illegally cast ballots…
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there is “substantial evidence of voter fraud” and blamed the ending of the commission on the refusal of many states to provide voter data sought by the commission and the cost of ongoing federal lawsuits.
There is zero evidence of voter fraud as a real issue. It’s literally a handful of cases out of more than 100 million votes cast. But think about what this is really saying. If they really believed that there was evidence that millions of people had voted illegally, enough to swing an entire presidential election, wouldn’t it be irresponsible and inexcusable to just drop it because they have to fight off some lawsuits over it? Of course it would.
But here’s the truth: They know there is no voter fraud. The commission was created for only two reasons: To pretend that Trump was right in his ludicrous claim of millions of illegal voters and to justify voter suppression laws. That can be done at the state level, where it’s more effective anyway. So they’re disbanding it because it served its short term rhetorical, and highly dishonest, purpose.