One of the top Democrats in Kansas described Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) as “the most racist politician in America” and called for his resignation on Saturday, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Kansas’ state Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (D) was responding to a recent incident in which Kobach appeared to give credence to a racial conspiracy theory during his weekly radio show.
“I want to take this opportunity to call on Kris Kobach, the most racist politician in America today, to resign from office,” Hensley reportedly said during a speech to members of the Kansas Democratic Party at in Topeka.
Hensley described Kobach’s comments as “beyond the pale and an embarrassment not only to the Republican Party but an embarrassment to the people of Kansas,” the newspaper reported.
On March 1, a listener called into the “Kris Kobach Show” concerned that President Barack Obama would demand an end to all criminal prosecutions of black suspects and that “there just won’t be any prosecutions of black criminals.”
“It’s already happening, more or less, in the case of civil rights laws,” Kobach responded. “So I guess it’s not a huge jump. I think it’s unlikely but, you know, I’ve learned to say with this president never say never.”
Kobach stood by his remarks on Thursday, saying that while he doesn’t expect black citizens to be granted blanket immunity from prosecution, the Obama administration “has already done what the caller suggests in the context of voting civil rights statutes.”
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