Michigan: Trump attacks Michigan Secretary of State with false claim; Benson quickly responds | By Matt Durr/MLive
President Donald Trump has again attacked Michigan leadership via his Twitter account. This time Trump went after Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, alleging she’s sent absentee ballots to 7.7 million voters in Michigan ahead of the August primaries. In a now deleted tweet, Trump called Benson a “rogue Secretary of State” and threatened to withhold funding to the state for attempted voter fraud. “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!..” read Trump’s original tweet. The problem with Trump’s message is that Benson did not send ballots to voters. On Tuesday, Benson announced all voters in the state will receive applications to vote from home ahead of the August primary and general election in November. Benson said the option is available to Michiganders as part of efforts to protect the safety of voters and election workers during the coronavirus crisis. Shortly after Trump sent his tweet Wednesday morning, Benson corrected the president and pointed out that similar efforts have been made in other states.