KS Secretary Of State Announces First Conviction, Proving Trump Was Right About The Election
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is one of the most hardcore Republicans in the country when it comes to illegal immigration, right up there with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He is so tough on immigration that he didn’t make it into the Trump administration because they knew his inclusion would spark major controversy. Kobach helped write the notorious SB 1070 Arizona law that required aliens in Arizona to carry and produce the proper documents.
Kobach did get to meet with President-Elect Trump during the selection process for administration appointees. Memorably, while posing for a photo outside Trump’s New Jersey golf club, Kobach held plans for a border wall so that they were very visible to the cameras. Hardliners like Ann Coulter were disappointed that General John Kelly got appointed head of Department of Homeland Security instead of Kobach. Discussion ensued of making Kobach a deputy in the DHS so that he could avoid the senate confirmation process, but this never came to pass. He also spoke out against voter fraud happening in the general elections.
On Wednesday Secretary Kobach announced he has gotten the first conviction of a non-citizen voting illegally in a Kansas election. Victor David Garcia Bebek, who was a Peruvian national at the time he voted illegally, has pleaded guilty to voter fraud. Bebek was sentenced to up to three years of unsupervised probation and a $5,000 dollar fine. Bebek voted illegally three times: in a 2012 special election and in the 2012 and 2014 general elections. Kobach has made many statements alleging widespread voter fraud and is accused by opponents of not having evidence, but in his role as Secretary of State for Kansas he has the power to produce evidence.
Kobach said Bebek was found out when he became a US citizen earlier this year. At his naturalization ceremony, Bebek was given the option to vote in the upcoming local election. He did so, and then when election officials went to enter his information, they discovered that he first appeared on the voter rolls in 2011, when he was still a Peruvian national.
Kansas is the only state that allows its secretary of state to prosecute people for voting illegally. “This conviction shows how important prosecutorial authority is,” Kobach said in an interview.
This is the eighth conviction for voter fraud obtained by Kobach since he gained authority to do so in 2015. But this conviction is the first for illegal voting by a non-citizen. The prior convictions were for citizens who double-voted in Kansas or voted in two states.
Kansas has some of the strongest voter identification laws in the United States, and so of course the state has come under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union and Democratic legislators in the state. According to a report from the Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the state’s laws are the strongest in the entire country. They also suggested the laws “may have been written and implemented with improper, discriminatory intent,” a convenient ploy to undermine the rule of law by playing the discrimination card.
“No matter how many cases we prosecute the political left will always whine that there’s not enough cases to justify protecting our elections in this way. That’s absurd.” Kobach said.
It’s hard to see what is so radical about the voting laws in Kansas championed by Kobach. The state requires photo identification, and new Kansas voters must prove they are U.S. citizens. These measures sound like basic common sense to many Americans. Any illegal voting in any election undermines the fundamental premises of our democracy and civil institutions.
After it became clear that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote while Donald Trump won the electoral college, pundits scrambled to make sense of the results. It turned out Clinton won by a huge margin in California. Take California out of the equation and Donald Trump wins the popular vote by 1.4 million votes.
California is a state with radical left-wing tendencies among its coastal elites and a massive population of illegal immigrants. The electoral college did its job of protecting the will of the country as a whole from one radical state.
Donald Trump took to Twitter to drop this bomb.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)November 27, 2016
Unsurprisingly, he didn’t provide evidence for his claim, and naturally, the media went absolutely insane over his tweet. It seems intuitively obvious that some of the millions of illegals in the country would vote against the person vowing to deport them. In California, where voter ID laws are virtually nonexistent and untold millions of illegal immigrants live, a significant number of these illegals might have come out to vote for Hillary.
But did enough illegals come out to swing the popular vote for Clinton? That’s questionable. But any amount of illegal voting is a big problem, and so President Trump called for an investigation into illegal voting nationwide.
In a blog post, political scientist Jesse Richman from Old Dominion University in Virginia, argued that, based on an earlier study of his, it is possible that 6.4% of 20 million non-citizens who reside in America voted in the 2016 election. Richman estimated that of those 6.4%, Clinton would have received 81%, or 834,000 illegal votes. If this analysis is correct, then it’s possible the races in certain states were tipped in Clinton’s favor. Clinton won Maine, New Hampshire and Nevada by slim margins.
There are constantly new stories of people voting illegally in the United States coming to the surface, such as this Nigerian who voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. He also attempted to defraud the tax system of millions of dollars.
It’s true that we can’t presume to know that millions of people vote illegally, but there’s no reason to assume that illegal voting isn’t a problem. With tens of millions of illegals in the country (the 11 million number is a myth) there is no telling how many are voting illegally until thorough scientific research has been conducted. In the meantime, there’s nothing wrong with asking questions about what is going on.