Protestors Disrupt Kobach at Law School Event

It didn’t take long for protesters to interrupt Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s presentation at the UMKC Law School last week.

Members of two activist groups, Indivisible KC and Stand Up KC, criticized Kobach for his tough stance on immigration—singling him out as a racist—as well as his stance on voter I.D. laws.

The first outbreak came within the first few minutes of Kobach’s presentation. According to the Kansas City Star, Patti Flood of Indivisible KC asked Kobach a pointed question regarding his prosecution of voter fraud, which she claimed is a waste of resources for a “nonexistent” issue.

Members of the group then began chanting “Let us vote!” over his response before exiting the building, rejecting his offer to engage in a debate about their criticism.

This incident was followed by two more disruptions, where group members asked Kobach questions about his tough stance on immigration, including his defense of president Trump’s controversial immigration ban. Members of the activist groups chanted, “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Racism has got to go!” in protest over his answers, then exited the room.

In a video published on The Star’s website, Kobach, who previously taught at the UMKC School of Law before entering public office, told audience members, “If I were liberal, I’d be embarrassed.”

Protestors at Thursday’s event also told reporters they were satisfied with their demonstration and were aware of Kobach’s request to debate.

 

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