- In May, Trump put a Republican mega-donor
named Louis DeJoy in charge of the United States Postal Service (even
though DeJoy has substantial investments in private companies that
actually compete with the USPS).
- DeJoy has implemented drastic service cuts and
other changes — which we believe violate federal law — that
have led to widespread disruptions in mail delivery.
- These disruptions could disenfranchise
countless voters in November, regardless of which candidates they
support, if their ballots are not delivered on time.
- Or they could force people to choose between
voting safely by mail or risking their lives to vote in person during
the worst public health crisis humanity has faced in at least a century.
- It doesn’t even seem to matter to DeJoy
(or Trump) that Americans of all political persuasions are relying on
the Postal Service more than ever — for food and medicine, for
personal finances, for connections with friends and family — as
we struggle to endure the coronavirus emergency and resulting economic
collapse, which Trump has made so much worse.
- Following a nationwide public outcry, DeJoy
said earlier this week that he would suspend some of the service cuts
— but not all. Importantly, he did not walk back his plans to
slow down delivery of mailed ballots.
There is little doubt about what’s going on here.
Donald Trump aims to undermine the Postal Service in order to interfere with mail-in voting. He said so himself.