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

what who me?
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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 has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He 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 wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.