A member of the Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity waved an Amazon device on TV while attempting to deflect criticism.
While scaremongering about, “these new contraptions,” former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell waved what appeared to be an Amazon Dot.
“Let’s talk about what the White House did this week, which is as you know they released this trove of e-mail complaints from the public without redacting the writer’s personal information,” MSNBC host Alex Witt reminded. “If this was deliberate, Ken, should it be seen as intimidation of people critical of government? If it was a mistake, then how can the public trust the White House to protect a federal database with voters’ personal information?”
When Blackwell’s claims of transparency were shot down, he pulled out his prop on live television.
“But look, let me just tell you something, one of the things — and we really have to work on this — these new contraptions, this new technology that captures voice commands and has a lot of information on individuals can be monetized and put their security, their identification, whether it’s for voting or their financial situation at risk,” Blackwell claimed, while waving the contraption.
This was not the first time Ken Blackwell has been criticized for releasing private information. While serving as Ohio Secretary of State, Blackwell’s office posted 1.2 million full Social Security numbers of Ohio voters on the state website. One month later, Blackwell’s office distributed the full Social Security numbers of 5.7 million voters.
Blackwell was brought on the show to defend criticism of the voter fraud commission received last night from prominent civil rights leader John Lewis.
“That is a form of intimidation,” Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) told CNN. “That’s a form of harassment.”
For over half a century, Congressman Lewis has been fighting for voting rights.
“Some of the people that make up this commission have a history, a long history, of making it harder and difficult for people to participate in the democratic process,” Lewis said. “We’ve come too far. This President should be leading us into the future, not taking us backwards.”
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has 12 members and is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The Vice-Chair is controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Other members include Hans von Spakovsky, Alabama Probate Judge Alan King, former Arkansas state Representative David Dunn and Mark Rhodes, the Clerk of Wood County, West Virginia.
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