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Sanders and Jackson join hands to take on Trump's Vote Thief-in-Chief

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[Dateline: Chicago] "Why would somebody say a crazy statement like that?" Bernie had his arms spread like gull wings, fingers scribbling facts in the air.

"Why" was not really a question.

Watch this five-minute video of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rev. Jesse Jackson and their alliance to take on Kris Kobach, the Dr. Moriarty of vote suppression.

In Jesse Jackson's private ministry office, the Reverend and I had just laid out President Trump's claim that 3 million Americans were voting twice -- a massive crime wave of Black, Brown and Asian-Americans stealing the vote.

To Sanders, "crazy" is Trump's cover. Bernie was worked up. He was talking about Trump's claims of millions of people illegally voting twice. "To my mind it was fairly obvious. What he was doing was sending a signal to every Republican governor in the country: you go do voter suppression. So that is the signal. So then he follows up with this so-called 'Commission.'"

Jackson has declared war -- and drafted Bernie Sanders for the front-line assault. Their target: Donald Trump's so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" -- and its chief, Kris Kobach, Sec. of State of Kansas.

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It was Sunday. The choir was rocking the sanctuary upstairs. This was the annual convention of Operation Rainbow/PUSH.

Rev. Jackson had just announced that he'd asked the nation's premier voting rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine, to chair a commission of real experts to counter Trump's and Kobach's commission of zealots and whack-jobs Trump assigned to rewrite the nation's laws to make voting an effectively whites-only affair. (Trump appointees include "Prof." Hans von Spakovsky who peddles the completely Loony-Tunes claim that over one million aliens voted in the last election.)

Jackson had called me down to his sanctum to explain Kobach's secretive "Crosscheck" vote-purging program and enlist Sanders' help in stopping Kobach from forcing this ethnic voter cleansing system on all 50 states.

Today, Wednesday, Kobach (and the nominal Commission Chairman, Vice-President Mike Pence), will hold the first meeting of what Trump calls his "Vote Fraud Commission."

Weirdly, Kobach will have a formal swearing-in ceremony -- for a commission without any congressional authority. Authorized or not, this commission can create big trouble for the remnants of our democracy.

They Gave Kobach their Files -- then Lied About It.

Last week, there was a big brouhaha over Kobach asking every state to turn over their voter files, including the last four digits of citizens' social security numbers.

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