By David Steinberg
(July 19, 2017) — On the morning of the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, Vanita Gupta — the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration — published a “Moon Landing Was Faked”-level rant about the Committee’s supposed dangers to American democracy. She really did title it “The Voter Purges Are Coming.”
They aren’t, Miss Gupta, but your op-ed does a tremendous job of making the case for an immediate purge of Obama-era executive branch hires.
Gupta was not simply popping off on her own. The institutional Left really, really does not want this Committee, or anyone else, doing anything to address the 1 in 8 U.S. voter registrations that contain a serious error, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study. So many, many of them joined up to spread her silly message this morning.
Gupta’s op-ed represents coordination with her own Leadership Council on Human Rights, the New York Times, the ACLU, the NAACP, other, less-recognizable activist groups, and, in Silicon Valley solidarity with the Democratic Party, whoever at Twitter supervises its “trending” topics. All of these entities joined to push out a single false, silly message: the right of minority American citizens to vote is going to be taken away by scary, evil white men:
They met for a quick rally — sure to be covered by mainstream outlets as an example of grassroots, spontaneous anger — though it was sparsely attended with professionally printed signs:
— People Power (@peoplepower) July 19, 2017
Then, Vanita Gupta joined with members of other Left-leaning activist groups to do a “Twitter Town Hall” at the hashtag #RespectMyVote during the Election Integrity Committee’s live meeting:
— Lawyers' Committee ☎️866-OUR-VOTE (@LawyersComm) July 18, 2017
The institutional Left really wants to make “The Voter Purges Are Coming” a thing. However, on this topic, the American public has proven to be a tad smarter than the swamp.
They are seeing through the dated, propagandistic attacks from people like Gupta for what they are: the same type of win-at-all-costs partisanship from the Left that saw Bernie Sanders colluded out of the Democratic primary. As of this writing, three-and-a-half hours in, few of the tweets from Gupta’s Twitter Town Hall crew have garnered more than a dozen retweets. Twitter kept #RespectMyVote in its Trending topics for a while, though the actual discussion was obviously sparse.
America is simply rejecting the idea that doing everything possible to make our voter rolls accurate is somehow “racist.” For example, support for Voter ID as an election integrity measure is sky-high: Gallup found it to be 80% in August 2016.