Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on President Trump to close down his voter fraud commission in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and instead said the government should work to "end the assault on voting rights."
"[W]hat troubles so many Americans every bit as much as the president's shocking response to this national tragedy is the methodical and pernicious way in which his administration is promoting discrimination, both subtle and not so subtle, in its policies and actions — especially when it comes to undermining the universal right of every American to vote," Schumer said in a post on Medium, referring to Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
"Many of us found the Election Integrity Commission distasteful when it was first created," Schumer said. "The president's recent failure to unequivocally condemn bigotry makes its rescission imperative."
Schumer said if Trump refuses to disband the voter fraud commission, which he started based on the claim that 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, Congress should attach a provision next month to a piece of must-pass legislation prohibiting the panel from operating.
The voter fraud commission has been mired in controversy since its creation in May. The panel's co-chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is a leading proponent of stringent voter ID laws and has had four lawsuits filed against him over Kansas's voting laws.
The panel also came under fire after Kobach sent letters to all 50 secretaries of state requesting they provide the voter fraud commission with all publicly available voter roll information.
Schumer pressured Republicans, who have criticized Trump for his response to the events in Charlottesville, to work with Democrats to expand voting rights.
"We need more than just words — we also need action," he said. "And I believe that one important way that Congress can begin to heal this painful divide in our country when we return in September is by showing that we can come together to stop the systemic disenfranchisement of American voters."