When President Donald Trump’s “voter fraud panel” holds its first meeting on July 19, members of the public won’t be able to speak. Instead, the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, which has enraged and frightened plenty of Americans by requesting detailed data on every registered voter in the country, offered to take comments via email. And comment people did. As of Thursday afternoon, 112 pages of responses were available on the White House website — and if the feds set up a swear jar, the U.S. just might be on its way to paying off that national debt. Descriptions of the controversial panel and its aims included “pea brained,” “undemocratic,” “stupid” and “unpatriotic.” And that was the clean stuff.
The panel is supposed to study vulnerabilities in the election system, along with concerns about fraud and suppression. Critics fear a giant database could be hacked — and that the panel’s findings could be weaponized to keep people from voting.
While some notes cheered the commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the majority of the responses were so harsh they probably should have come with a vial of antivenom — or at least a box of tissues.
“You are all about voter suppression to rig elections. You are evil. Pray there is no hell,” said a relatively mild June 29 missive submitted under the header, “you are not about voting integrity.”