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Trump playing politics with a stockpile of equipment states desperately need - 2020-03-29

F347.png Trump playing politics with a stockpile of equipment states desperately need March 29, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

The problem with the numbers is that they're anecdotal — the federal government won't release any figures, so the reporters went to the recipients. But at the very least there appears to be no objective criteria determining why State X gets help and State Y doesn't. So it's not possible to line up the requests and compare.

If the determining factor really is which states show the most "appreciation" to Trump, as Trump has outright stated should be the case, it would indicate (once again) Trump's willingness to extort a personal benefit (personal praise and withholding of criticism) in exchange for government benefits that aren't his to withhold. Just like with Ukraine, he's running the federal government like a mob boss.

New York City presently accounts for approximately 1/4 of all US cases (New York State half), but there's no way in hell New York City is going to receive 1/4 of the available federal help. Trump has no hope of winning votes in NYC — we've known who he is since the late 1980s. But you can bet if New York City voted like Ohio, heaven and earth would be moved to bestow whatever federal largesse wasn't nailed down.

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{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = Trump playing politics with a stockpile of equipment states desperately need | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/03/29/trump-playing-politics-with-a-stockpile-of-equipment-states-desperately-need/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = March 29, 2020 | accessdate = March 29, 2020 }}