Anti-Gay andÂ Anti-ImmigrantÂ Bigot, Voter Disenfranchisement Activist With Ties toÂ White Nationalism
Kris Kobach is a man who wears many hats. For six years he’s beenÂ the Secretary of State of Kansas.Â He’s managed to kick tens of thousands off the voter rolls while endearing his anti-immigrant hatred to the upper echelons of the Republican party.
Remember Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” idea? That came from Kobach.
Arizona’s largely unconstitutional anti-immigrant law SB-1070? Kobach wrote that too. ThinkProgress in 2010 called it “the harshest immigration bill inÂ America.” Kobach’s photo was at the top of the article.
â€œIf you really want to create a job tomorrow, you can remove an illegal alien today,â€ Kobach told Republican Party platform writers in 2012.
So it should come as no surprise to learn that Kris Kobach, that’sÂ Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is “of counsel,” the attorneyÂ of record, for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the activist arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.Â FAIR is an anti-immigrant hate group accordingÂ to theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center.
It should naturally also come as no surprise that PresidentÂ Donald Trump named Kobach the co-chair of his Commission on Election Integrity, which is designed to help Republicans disenfranchise Democratic voters.
And, since this is Kansas, it should come as no surprise that Kobach is now powerful enough to run for governor, which he just announced.
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach launched his campaign for Kansas governor on Thursday, decrying a culture of corruption in Topeka and vowing to crack down on illegal immigration in a speech with echoes of President Donald Trump,” the Kansas City Star reports. “Kobach, the architect of controversial election and immigration laws, advised Trump on immigration policy throughout the 2016 election.”
Also trumpeting today’sÂ chilling development was theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center.
“As recently as 2015, Kobach was a featured speaker at a ‘writerâ€™s workshop’ organized by The Social Contract Press, a white nationalist publisher known for resurrecting the obscure racist novelÂ Camp of the Saints,”Â the Southern Poverty Law Center noted.Â
“In March of this year, KobachÂ invited Austrian anti-Muslim activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-WolffÂ to a meeting in Topeka. Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted of hate speech in her native country in 2011 and works closely with ACT For America, the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the United States.”
During his 2004 run for Congress, Kobach accused the Human Rights Campaign of promoting â€œhomosexual pedophiliaâ€ inÂ an attempt to smear him.
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– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
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