‘It appeals to a broad spectrum’: Kobach swears new job at Breitbart doesn’t tie him to white supremacists
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is still leading President Donald Trump’s so-called “voter fraud” commission, but he’s also now working for his former senior aide.
Since June, Kobach has published stories about stopping undocumented immigrants from coming into the United States and blamed refugees for terrorism.
“I think Breitbart.com appeals to anyone who is Republican or conservative in any way,” Kobach told The Star. He also disputed any claim that the site caters to white supremacists or Nazis. “It appeals to a broad spectrum of conservative readers.”
Though four of the six stories attack immigrants, including a call for Trump to kill former President Barack Obama’s agreement not to prosecute DREAMers.
“DACA is inconsistent with the rule of law, inconsistent with the president’s own promises, and inconsistent with the president’s principled stand against illegal immigration. It must end,” Kobach wrote.
Former editor-at-large Ben Shapiro blasted Steve Bannon’s direction of the site, saying that they embraced white supremacists despite Andrew Breitbart’s disgust for racism and anti-Semitism.
“Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with (Milo) Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers,” Shapiro wrote for the Daily Wire in 2016 when Bannon joined Trump’s team.
“I’ve gotten to know Steve very well long since before he returned to Breitbart. I have been advising the president and the White House since he (Trump) was a candidate, so I got to know Steve Bannon before President Trump took office,” Kobach told The Star.
He went on to say that the link to his campaign website is part of his biography and “reflects who I am.” He wouldn’t say whether it would benefit his fundraising for his campaign for governor.
While writing at Breitbart, serving as Kansas Secretary of State, leading Trump’s commission, refusing to testify under oath for a lawsuit from the ACLU and running for Kansas governor, Kobach is also still running a private-sector law firm. He told The Star he’d write his columns in his “spare time.”
“Since its founding in 2007, Breitbart News Network has grown to become one of the most popular news outlets on the right,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote of the site. “Over the past year however, the outlet has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.'”
The term “alt-right” is synonymous with white nationalism, the Anti-Defamation League wrote.