DNC Chairman Perez: Voter fraud probe a 'Trump-sponsored propaganda factory'

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s signing of an executive order to create an “election integrity” commission, calling it a “Trump-sponsored propaganda factory.”

“Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the word ‘integrity,’” Perez said in a statement. “This commission is nothing but a Trump-sponsored propaganda factory for justifying the GOP’s broader voter suppression efforts and nursing the president’s wounded ego after the lost the popular vote.”

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday establishing a commission tasked with reviewing Trump’s allegations that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 elections. 

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Trump has made repeated claims that the reason he lost the popular vote to Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE was because of millions of illegal votes, but has offered no evidence to support his claims.

Perez also slammed Trump’s choice of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to be vice chairman of the commission.

“Republicans like Kris Kobach, who Trump hand-picked to run this charade, have spent years lying about voter fraud in order to keep African American and Latino voters from the polls,” Perez said.

Kobach, who served as an aide in Trump’s transition, has previously claimed “in excess of a million” people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

In his statement, Perez said that Democrats are committed to ensuring voting access for Americans, and that “our democracy is stronger when more people participate in our elections, not fewer.”

“We can’t trust Trump, [Attorney General] Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE, or anyone in this administration to protect access to the ballot box,” Perez said.

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