The White House released public comments regarding President Trump’s commission on voter fraud Thursday, revealing overwhelming and sometimes profane criticism of the project.
Without comment or explanation, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity posted on its page on the White House website 112 pages of emails received through July 11 addressing the body’s request for voter information from the states.
Email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of those who authored the emails were not redacted.
A blog post published Thursday on the White House’s site read, “Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.”
The commission—created by President Trump following claims that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election—is headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
In interviews, Kobach has said that he wants “the best data possible,” but most states have declined the commission’s request beyond submitting publicly available information. The law in Kobach’s home state of Kansas restricts it from providing all of the information requested by the commission, which includes the last four digits of voter’s Social Security numbers.
Initial responses from state election officials drew attention, such as Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann telling the commission it could go “jump in the Gulf of Mexico.” Others referenced Kobach’s history of voter suppression charges.
The emails released by the White House are somewhat more creative and far more profane, including one from a person who sent a nine-page missive listing Republicans who had been charged with or convicted of sex crimes.
Some serious responders offered constructive suggestions and several supported the commission. Conversely, others recommended that Kobach — who has announced his intention to run for governor of Kansas in 2018 — fornicate with himself.
“Who the f–k are you evil people?” wrote one emailer.
Linking to a Gizmodo story regarding the insecure email system being used by the commission, one responder wrote, “Read the article and maybe hire some IT people who know what they’re doing.”
“I know you are looking for ideas from the public on ways to ‘undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the federal election process,’” another emailer said. “Your panel sounds like a good way to start.”
“Hi, I voted in all 50 states,” read another email. “Just wanted you to know.”
Read all the emails below:
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