It didn’t take long for protesters to interrupt Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s presentation at the UMKC Law School Thursday.
Local activist groups Indivisible KC and Stand Up KC criticized Kobach for his tough approach to immigration and voter I.D. laws, singling him out as a racist.
The first outbreak came moments after Kobach took the stage. An Indivisible KC member asked Kobach a pointed question about his prosecution of voter fraud, claiming it was a “waste of resources” and a “nonexistent issue.”
Members of the group chanted “Let us vote!” over his response before exiting the building, rejecting his offer to engage in a debate.
This incident was followed by two more disruptions in which 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.
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.”
Protesters at Thursday’s event told reporters they were satisfied with their demonstration and were aware of Kobach’s request to debate.