I can’t help reading this article and thinking how this fits into a grander scheme. I am not a conspiracy theorist, mind you.
Anyone planning an action like this has to think about the opposition they will receive. This is not something done on the spur of the moment like a 3 a.m. tweet.
That 27 states so far have opposed this should have surprised no one on the White House staff. Any forward-thinking schemer will tailor the question to provide the answer he wants.
Why would Trump want to be refused the data he requests?
Now he can say that the states refusing to cooperate are hiding voter fraud.
Twisted, isn’t it?
The scary thing is what does he and the GOP have next up their sleeves?
Gerrymandering, I suspect, was only the tip of the alt-right iceberg and likely engineered by Steve Bannon’s gang of neo-fascists.
Understand that I am not making excuses for Trump. But today I was just thinking about his transition from an owner of corporations, where he can be, and probably is expected to be, a brutal tyrant, who caters to his personal whims and expects all of his employees to be unapologetic sycophants, to the office of POTUS, where the slightest move normally encounters opposition, sometimes vehement opposition, usually at the national level. He is completely out of his element in the White House.
This is why we need a career politician in the White House, as denigrated as they usually are. Career politicians are used to rolling with the currents and tides of the political sea. For the job of POTUS, the country needs a well-seasoned captain, not someone who has never seen the ocean.