Trump Threatens to Cut Off Funds to Michigan as the State Faces Devastating Floods
Devastating floods have now hit the state of Michigan in lockstep with the pandemic but that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from raging on Twitter against the state’s “rogue Secretary of State,” Jocelyn Benson for sending out absentee ballots to the state’s voters, Raw Story reports.
Trump and his supporters have repeatedly attacked Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer for implementing and maintaining the state’s “Stay home, stay safe,” executive order.
Now he’s venting his spleen on Twitter and claiming the absentee ballots are being sent without authorization.
“Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election,” he tweeted. “This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path.”
Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
Of course, Trump offers no explanation as to how this is voter fraud. Could it be that he’s pouting because polls show that voters in the state are unhappy with his handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic?
Newsweek reports that a Change Research Poll in six key swing states — Michigan, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, found that 68 percent of voters were “seriously concerned” about the pandemic. The poll, conducted earlier this month, also found that 52 percent of voters disapproved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. An additional poll published last week by CNN and SSRS surveyed 15 states (including the swing states) found that only 45 percent of voters expressed confidence in Trump’s handling of the situation, while 51 percent expressed their confidence in former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump’s angry threats couldn’t come at a worse time for the state which is now dealing with catastrophic floods after a dam burst. But this is typical Trump, who lacks the foresight to realize that slashing funding to the state isn’t going to elevate him in the eyes of voters.
For him, it’s just another day, another meltdown.