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Trump Got Idea for Census Citizenship Question From Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Attorney

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President Donald Trump like to credit himself with coming up with lots of ideas. He claims he came up with the term “fake news,” and the centuries-old phrase “priming the pump.” In truth, this American president has relatively few original ideas, and that would be OK if his advisors were good people. They’re not.

Much has been written about the moral calibre of Trump’s Cabinet members and senior staff, but for reasons unknown the background of one of Trump’s trusted advisors never seems to get the attention it deserves.

It could be because he’s a sitting Secretary of State and running to be that state’s next Republican governor.

By now, you probably have heard his name: Kris Kobach. He’s the Secretary of State for the State of Kansas.

He’s also “of counsel,” meaning, an attorney of record for the lobbying arm of a group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s page of anti-immigrant hate groups.

Kobach served as the vice-chair of Trump’s highly controversial voter fraud commission. It was a thinly-veiled attempt to establish a federal database of voters which could then be forced off the rolls based on Kobach’s flawed software that purportedly identifies people who have voted more than once in the same election. In reality, it merely finds people with the same or even similar names and concludes they have committed voter fraud. It has a 99% failure rate.

Secretary Kobach is an attorney of record for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal and lobbying arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The Southern Poverty Law Center says “FAIR leaders have ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements. Its advertisements have been rejected because of racist content. FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country. One of the group’s main goals is upending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a decades-long, racist quota system that limited immigration mostly to northern Europeans. FAIR President Dan Stein has called the Act a ‘mistake.'”

On Tuesday The Kansas City Star reported Kobach bragged that the highly-controversial question Trump is adding to the U.S. Census was his idea.

Adding the question is guaranteed to reduce the number of people – especially immigrants – who will respond to the Census, mostly out of fear. The Census is not merely a count of the number of people who live in any given area, it is also used to determine federal funding for those areas, and even affects congressional districts. In theory, a state – say, California – could lose one or more congressional districts if enough people don’t respond.

“I won’t go into exact detail, but I raised the issue with the president shortly after he was inaugurated,” Kobach said. “I wanted to make sure the president was well aware.”

Well aware of what? Kobach didn’t say.
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Revealed: GOP Officials Made Damning Admissions Before Signing Forged Election Documents

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Some of the Republican officials who signed phony electoral certificates made damning admissions to a reporter in the days after Donald Trump lost the presidential election.

The House select committee is investigating efforts by state-level Republicans, overseen by Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials, to send “alternate” slates of electors to Congress, and those GOP officials told Politico’s Kyle Cheney they understood what they were doing was probably against the law.

“What I might want to do can be completely different from what we are legally capable of doing, does that make sense?” Michigan GOP elector Meshawn Maddock told Cheney by email in November 2020.

However, Maddock — who’s now co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party — ultimately joined other Michigan Republicans who signed the unofficial certificates, and a Georgia elector also suggested that she knew the scheme was sketchy.

READ: Republican who signed forged 2020 certification ran Russian-style troll farm that paid teens to post pro-Trump propaganda

“Bahahaha you think I’m going to respond to you?” Georgia GOP elector Cathy Latham told Cheney by email in late 2020. “You don’t know GA law. Read the Constitution.”

However, when pressed, Latham admitted she would go along with the scheme.

“I am [a] Republican elector for Trump,” Latham said. “I serve at the pleasure of the President and the GAGOP. I will serve when called and directed to cast my vote for Trump.”

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But actually, Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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