A Republican politician, and a member of a White House advisory board, came out swinging in an interview on Breitbart News Daily Friday, over the way the media tries to label conservatives as “racist.”
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) spoke with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow to talk about the way the media is treating President Trump, after remarks he made about the violence in Charlottesville, VA.
Kobach, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and a candidate for Kansas governor, said that the “liberal media” loves to place the racism label on conservatives who are making valid arguments.
When the president initially said violence was coming from “many sides,” during the fights in Virginia on Saturday, the media criticized him for not specifically calling out the white supremacist groups who organized the rally. On Monday, when the president did denounce the groups by name, the media said it was too little, too late.
The next day, when President Trump maintained that other groups besides the white supremacists at the rally were responsible for the chaos, the liberal media collectively lost their minds. Yet, according to Kobach, they were waiting for an opportunity such as this.
“This has given them an opportunity, these recent events and their claim that President Trump didn’t say the right words. When he said the words they wanted him to say, he still hasn’t said the right words. It goes on and on,” Kobach said.
He said that for years the liberal media, and the political “left” in America, have used racism as their Number One scarlet letter.
“The scarlet ‘R’,” Kobach explained. “If they can put that on somebody, then they have something. You know the old joke: What’s the definition of a racist? It’s a conservative who is winning an argument.”
Kobach said “Republicans across the spectrum” have been subjected to this treatment.
“Any time you oppose illegal immigration, the left will say you’re a racist,” he observed. “Go down the line. You name the issue. Just talk about the voter fraud commission – if you support photo ID like we have in Kansas, a proof of citizenship to register to vote, you must be a racist.”
Kobach said the tactic is successful because “a lot of politicians” are afraid of being labeled a racist, and they hasten to remove themselves from a topic or person, including the president, if there’s a chance they’ll be labeled with the “R.” Even “when the attacks on the president are not well-founded,” Kobach said.
“It just sort of shows how this constant targeting of conservatives and falsely calling us racists has made some politicians rather, I would say, a little bit irrationally fearful,” he continued. “Instead of standing up and stating their beliefs if asked, they have rushed to do anything they can to avoid coming under any scrutiny at all.”
Kobach said there is a “ritual in place” where elected officials have to say the right words. He called it “virtue-signaling.”
He says even locally in Kansas, he’s been criticized about his response to the Charlottesville violence by one of the state Democrat leaders, and by local media. They accuse him of not saying the right words soon enough.
“Of course, I said it in a statement a couple of days ago, it goes without saying that racism and bigotry and white nationalism, they’re intolerable, et cetera. They are attacking me for not saying it soon enough. They say I should have said it on the day of the event, not a few days later when asked,” Kobach said.
Switching subjects, Kobach gave an update on the Commission on Election Integrity. He says the Commission is doing a lot of work to bring facts to bear on important issues.
During the next meeting, scheduled for September, the commission will hear from “academic experts, other experts on the prevalence of different forms of voter fraud across the United States.”
“As you may know, in the first meeting the commission presented 938 cases of convictions for voter fraud,” he recalled. “And yet, you still hear the left either ignoring that fact, or pretending that 938 convictions is not a big number.”
President Trump has been focused on cracking down on voter fraud. After getting the cold shoulder from nearly all the states asked, Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has renewed its request for states to overturn their voter data.
Kobach said in a letter to election officials in late July that the data will only be looked at in terms of broad statistical conclusions, attempting to quench privacy concerns.
“The only information that will be made public are statistical conclusions drawn from the data, other general observations that may be drawn from the data, and any correspondence that you may send to the Commission in response to detailed questions the commission sought,” Kobach wrote. “Let me be clear, the Commission will not release any personally identifiable information from voter registration records to the public.”
Listen to the complete interview below:
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