President Donald Trump is threatening to cut off federal funding to Michigan after the state mailed out applications for absentee ballots to registered voters due to ongoing health dangers from the novel coronavirus.
Early Wednesday morning, Trump fired off this tweet:
Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots 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
Earlier this week, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that voters in the state would have the option to vote via mail so they they could avoid having to go to the polls in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump’s threats also came just hours after a major dam burst and caused massive flooding in the Wolverine State.
As social media users reminded Trump, Michigan residents were mailed applications for absentee ballots, not the ballots. And some also suggested that the president’s threat sounded suspiciously like the same thing he did to Ukraine, when he was impeached for holding up military aid unless the Ukrainians would agree to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden:
This is objectively nuts and the exact sort of scenario that the constitutional law professors warned about during impeachment hearings. https://t.co/61Pl5QSfPJ
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 20, 2020
Wrong again dickhead. They’re sending applications, but keep attacking Michigan. https://t.co/sYF8wqtcHV
— John Weaver (@jwgop) May 20, 2020
This would be a bad tweet even if it were true. But Michigan is sending out absentee ballot -applications- to those 7.7 million people. Not the ballots themselves. https://t.co/nlFRZTT6v3
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) May 20, 2020
When you’re complaining about more Americans having access to voting what you’re really doing is telling on yourself https://t.co/16cwdY6Phj
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 20, 2020
Breaking: You’re the biggest fraud on the planet, you’ve might have fooled me in 2016, but I’ll be damn sure I won’t let you fool me and others come November. Rest assured, I’m far from being the only former Trump supporter.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) May 20, 2020
You’re an absolute horror story. Michigan had dams break last night while you were rage tweeting. In a GOP stronghold. You don’t care about anyone, except yourself.
— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@NotHoodlum) May 20, 2020
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