Toobin Excoriates Kobach: Says He Devoted Career To Blocking Poor Voters

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CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin excoriated Kansas Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach Wednesday night, saying to his face that he has worked his whole life to disenfranchise poor and minority voters.

“Kris has devoted his career to stopping black people and poor people from voting,” Toobin said during a conversation mediated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I mean, that’s been your goal for decades.”

“That’s an outrageous accusation,” Kobach said, openmouthed in indignation. “So if you like photo I.D., you’re trying to stop people of color from voting?”

“Absolutely,” responded Toobin.

“It is a completely true accusation because, Kris, your whole career…that’s why you had this phony voter suppression commission that was such a preposterous joke established by the President that it disbanded because it couldn’t prove your claim that voter fraud is a problem in this country,” Toobin continued. “Your problem is that some people vote for Democrats and you want to stop that by establishing voter requirements.”

Cooper then stepped in to divert the increasingly heated conversation.

Kobach is in the election fight of his life against Democratic challenger Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly (D), leading by a single point according to the most recent poll. 

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