Trump just began Holocaust Remembrance Day by tweeting out racist conspiracy theories

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An embattled and increasingly defensive President Trump took to Twitter this morning and returned to his old tricks, tweeting out absurd conspiracy theories based on something he saw on television.

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His chosen subject for Holocaust Memorial Day turned out to be illegal immigration and voter fraud, a favorite subject of his since it conveniently provides an exculpatory explanation for why he lost the popular vote by three million votes and why Republicans have been pummeled with electoral losses since his election — and conveniently paints illegal immigrants as the culprits.

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Of course, this isn’t anywhere close to the truth. What actually happened was that the Texas Secretary of State’s office reviewed the voter rolls and flagged 95,000 voters for citizenship checks. Out of that number, 58,000 have cast a vote at one point or another since 1996.

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The Texas Tribune reports that:

That means counties may now choose to investigate the eligibility of the individuals who were flagged, which would require them to send a notice asking for proof of citizenship within 30 days, or take no action. By law, the counties aren’t allowed to automatically revoke a voter’s registration without sending out such a notice.

It’s possible that individuals flagged by the state — who provided DPS with documentation that indicated they were authorized to be in the country — could have become naturalized citizens since they obtained their driver’s license or ID card. A spokesman for the secretary of state said officials are “very confident” that the data received from DPS is “current.”

There is no indication that most, or even if any of them, are not actually citizens, merely that the state is looking into to it to make sure everything is in order. For Trump to hold this up as evidence of massive voter fraud is a horrendously irresponsible attack on our democracy and a wild distortion of the truth — but then again, when have we come to expect anything else from him?

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we honor the millions of lives stolen by Nazi monsters. But no remembrance can be complete without reflecting on our own complicity in the horrors of the Shoah; the conservative men who first coined Trump’s catchphrase “America First” shut our doors to Jewish refugees and left them to their doom.

To see the president mark it by launching xenophobic and racist attacks against immigrants and the democracy we hold dear is a clear sign that those lessons mean absolutely nothing to him.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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