The response to President Donald Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity has been, let’s just say, critical so far, and now everyday Americans are piling on with hilarious, angry and just plain troll-y comments.
Following Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that at least 3 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election, the president established the commission on May 11 to “study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections.” It is tasked with “producing a set of recommendations to increase the American people’s confidence in the integrity of our election systems,” according to Vice President Mike Pence, who oversees the effort.
Here’s one more thing to know about the commission before we get into these letters from voters.
At the end of June, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as vice chairman of the commission, sent letters to all 50 states and the District of Columbia asking for specific information on voters. Many of the states took issue with the request, and Mississippi’s Secretary of State famously responded by saying, “they can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.” Read about that here.
Now on to the comments from voters. Some letter writers offered serious suggestions, one sent in a 9-page list of alleged arrests or convictions of Republican office-holders, and others were more … terse.
Here are some of the most interesting ones.
These ones, for example, were quite short.
“Hi, I voted in all 50 states. Just wanted you to know. Love, Beau in Oklahoma.”
“I hope you get just s— and nothing else.”
“DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA, PERIOD.”
“I pay the government a boat load of taxes, so you work for me. I think you are doing a terrible job. Explain yourself.”
“Go f— yourself.”
“You are stupid f—s. And mean. And a——-.” Stupid mean f—— a——-.”
These lines were pretty wild.
“Who the f— are you evil people?”
“You are all about voter suppression to rig elections. You are evil. Pray there is no hell.”
“Just f— off already you s–t-stain on democracy.”
“I removed my name from voter rolls. And I’m a Republican!”
“You wouldn’t know election integrity if it bit you on your considerable a–.”
“May you and all your evil ilk GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.”
“Hope your project is doing well. Not.”
“I hope and pray that you fail.”
To be fair, there were a few emails encouraging and thanking the commission. But most of the notes were harsh, short insults or long explanations of frustration with Trump or the commission.
After the emails and letters were released, some voiced frustration that information like home addresses or phone numbers provided by writers weren’t redacted.
The commission’s website explained as much in its call for comments.
“Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted,” it says.
The commission is expected to meet for the first time on July 19.
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