Donald Trump threatened to withhold aid to several states after they made it easier for people to vote in the 2020 election.
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Trump said he would withhold aid from Michigan and Nevada. On Nevada: “‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State.” On Michigan: “I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!”
Trump tweets are threatening to commit a crime. It is illegal for a president to withhold funds that have been appropriated by Congress to interfere with voting.
What Really Happened
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson decided to send absentee ballots to all residents, in response to the coronavirus.
The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, previously supported mailing absentee ballots. “Personally, I don’t really have an issue with absentee ballot request forms being sent out to voters,” she said.
The Washington Post Fact Checker awarded Trump “4 Pinocchios” for his claim, noting, “Add this one to the vast collection of Trump’s phony claims about voter fraud and rigged elections.”
Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, said, “Threatening to take money away from a state that is hurting as bad as we are right now is just scary and I think something that is unacceptable”
Nevada governor Steve Sisolak said Trump’s threat was “inappropriate and outrageous.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson rejected Trump’s attack and said, “Every Michigan citizen has a right to vote by mail.”
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic Party, criticized Trump for being engaged in a “desperate effort to steal an election.”
Video: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson discusses Trump’s threat: