Trump has Twitter tantrum, falsely calls Nevada election ‘illegal’

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what who me?
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Those of you, and you know who you are, who have complained that Donald Trump has abrogated his responsibility by not providing states with clear guidance during these extraordinary times, well, you could not be more wrong.

For instance, just this morning, he took to his twitter machine to declare that if Nevada has a mail-it-in election he, Donald Trump, will withhold federal funding from the state.

Trump added the part about Nevada’s mostly mail-it-in election being “illegal” because he lies all the time about everything, including and sometimes especially elections and the people who vote in them.

As this is written, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who is a Republican, has not responded to Trump’s declaration that the election she will oversee is a war crime, or whatever Trump thinks it is.

But you can bet that Adam Laxalt, who spent his improbable tenure as Nevada’s attorney general railing about federal overreach and states’ rights, will direct some very firm words to his president about inappropriately using the heavy hand of a distant and burdensome federal government to threaten Laxalt’s beloved state of Nevada. Ha ha just kidding Adam Laxalt would never say anything remotely critical of his president. Adam Laxalt is a bootlicking sycophant.

In any case, Trump’s threat to withhold undefined federal funds is likely an empty one (and likely something that actually would be illegal). It’s probably just the hydroxychloroquine talking.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.