Just in time to distract from the 24-hour Russia-all-the-time news cycle is President Trump’s newly announced Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, an entity headed by Vice President Mike Pence that will supposedly focus on voter fraud and suppression.
This effort might seem like an inartful attempt to lend credibility to the president’s disproven claims of massive voter fraud in a 2016 presidential election that he won, but its purpose and impact will likely be more pernicious.
Given the GOP’s irresponsible history of engaging in voter suppression, the commission’s aim could be an attempt to minimize the potential for Democratic gains in the 2018 and 2020 elections by reducing the influence of young people and communities of color.
I know this playbook because I’ve lived it.
President Trump may have only recently learned about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, but I am a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, a historically black land-grant college founded on the grounds of a former slave plantation 49 miles northwest of Houston. (The Hill)