During an appearance on Fox & Friends Friday morning, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told host Steve Doocy that there was an epidemic of non-citizens illegally voting due to the immigration actions made by President Obama. The Republican said there have already been instances of immigrants who have received social security numbers and driver’s licenses voting in elections and the problem will only get worse due to President Obama’s “quasi-amnesty of illegal aliens” allowing as many as five million more people to receive documentation.
Kobach, who claimed in November that action on immigration would lead to ethnic cleansing, is currently in Washington with other GOP secretaries of state to discuss what they see as a huge problem facing the nation. The Kansan testified in front of a House committee on Thursday, claiming the President’s action would lead to “stolen elections.”
“If you increase the population of people who are not U.S. citizens getting driver’s licenses, it necessarily follows that these errors that keep happening will increase as well…It is a certainty that the administration’s executive actions will result in a large number of additional aliens registering to vote throughout the country. In states like Kansas, we have been working hard to address the problem of aliens illegally voting in our elections. The administration’s actions have set us back in our efforts, increasing the risk of stolen elections and gravely undermining the rule of law.”
Of course, this really just amounts to Republican fearmongering in the face of immigration reform. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap also testified before the House and said that there was no basis in fact for concerns that there will be widespread voter fraud due to executive actions made by President Obama. Also, back in 2013, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, conducted an investigation to see how many non-citizens voted in his state. In the end, the report found only 17 instances even though 200,000 non-citizens had received driver’s licenses in the state.
While this is much ado about nothing, it isn’t going to stop the Fox talking heads from grasping on this to strike fear into their old, white, racist audience. This fits perfectly into the narrative that the Muslim Kenyan usurper is bringing in his hoards of non-Americans to transform the United States into a socialist wasteland. During this particular interview, the look on Doocy’s face and the tone in his voice say it all.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Fox News:
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