Washington, D.C. — Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement after the White House announced that it would dissolve a commission created to investigate alleged voter fraud during the 2016 election, despite the fact that voter fraud is exceedingly rare.
“President Donald Trump’s so-called commission was, in short, an actual fraud,” said Stachelberg. “From the beginning, it was crystal clear that Trump’s commission was aimed at explaining away the president’s popular vote loss; stoking anti-immigrant and racial resentment and bolstering voter suppression efforts – which are often aimed at communities of color. This experience should put an end to efforts to suppress voting rights, which are dangerous for our democracy and a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.
“If this president is so concerned about the security of U.S. elections, he should start by clearly acknowledging Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential contest – a fact supported by our intelligence agencies – and work to improve our election infrastructure, which remains dangerously vulnerable to foreign hacking and cyberattacks.”