Well, this is unfortunate.
For those who had a problem with President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, this will only give them further reason to revolt.
To begin with, this began as an ego-play for the B-list celebrity president. The idea that Hillary Clinton won more of the popular vote in the 2016 election was eating him alive. Just winning the election wasn’t enough. He had to prove that if Clinton got 3 million more votes, it was because 4 million voted illegally.
The commission was a bad idea. There’s no way to shine that turd. And believe me, I’m somebody that wanted a thorough investigation into the voting in North Carolina. The reports of foul play were coming hand-over-fist in the days following the 2016 election in the Tar Heel state, and they were stunning.
That being said, a nationwide scouring, collecting partial social security numbers, names, birthdates, voting history, etc… that smacked of gross government overreach, and the people said, “NO!”
For now, the collection of data has been suspended, as many states have outright refused to comply.
For some citizens who decided to take their outrage directly to the top, however, they may have stumbled into the very thing they feared.
A Washington Post article from Thursday claims that a number of angry Americans lodged their outrage with the administration and what it was trying to do with the commission directly to the email address given in a letter to state secretaries for the purpose of turning in voter information, only to find that the White House released their comments, along with a lot of personal information.
Unfortunately for these voters and others who wrote in, the Trump administration did not redact any of their personal information from the emails before releasing them to the public. In some cases, the emails contain not only names, but email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and places of employment of people worried about such information being made available to the public.
Yes. The White House doxxed a bunch of citizens.
While the letter invited Secretaries of State to send comments and voter data via that email address, the White House now says that “any member of the public wishing to submit written comments for the Commission’s consideration may do so via email” at that address, [email protected] It warns that “the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.”
And a great deal of the comments were harsh, negative, and occasionally profanity-laced.
No sense in posting them here.
The detail that sticks about what the White House did is that the warning above was issued on July 13. The published emails and information came in between June 29 and July 11.
No word yet on how many of those citizens have had to change their phone numbers.