Rolling Stone writer Ryan Bort reminds us that weeks before President Donald Trump was impeached for withholding funds from Ukraine, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan warned the House Judiciary Committee he might use similar tactics against his own country.
“Imagine living in a part of Louisiana or Texas that’s prone to devastating hurricanes and flooding," she said. "What would you think if you lived there and your governor asked for a meeting with the president to discuss getting disaster aid that Congress has provided for? What would you think if that president said, ‘I would like you to do us a favor? I’ll meet with you, and send the disaster relief, once you brand my opponent a criminal."
In a story headlined "Trump Is Treating Michigan the Way He Treated Ukraine," Bort writes that Trump has repeatedly criticized Democratic governors during the Covid crisis, implying there will be repercussions if they fail to cooperate with his administration.
On Wednesday, Trump threatened to withhold funding to Michigan and Nevada, two states run by Democractic governors, if they let all residents vote by mail. Bort writes that Trump figures if more people vote, he'll have a lesser chance of winning. Interestingly, Republican-run states have taken similar steps.
Trump is trying to blackmail crucial swing states into suppressing their vote-by-mail initiatives. One of them, Michigan, is not only struggling with COVID-19, but with historic floods in the center of the state. How could Trump be so brazen? Well, he already got away with trying to blackmail a foreign nation into interfering in the 2020 election. Why wouldn’t he do it again?