(The following is excerpted from the Daily Current newsletter, which you can sign up for here.)
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.
State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
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.