Donald Trump is willing to do anything to win, even if it means hurting the same American people who voted for him. His recent attempts to hobble and even dismantle the United States Postal Service in order to prevent mail-in ballots from being processed is voter suppression at its most obvious, but not a single Republican in Congress has spoken out against these measures.
With families nationwide struggling to make ends meet & children going hungry, Republicans are playing politics and refusing to put #FamiliesFirst. It’s time for them to get serious, meet us halfway & come back to the negotiating table. https://t.co/iE546mMOqp
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 13, 2020
The smooth functioning of the @USPS during the COVID-19 pandemic is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy. Postmaster General DeJoy must reverse new policies which accelerate the crisis at the Postal Service.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 12, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi very much is speaking out about it. In a letter to the Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Pelosi began by saying that members of the House are “seriously concerned” about DeJoy’s willingness to do Trump’s bidding even if it makes the USPS have to struggle to deliver even the most essential of mail.
The letter says that:
‘In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 173 other House Democrats today called for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.
‘It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner. During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.’
So far, these efforts have included withholding additional funding so that the USPS can process an influx of mail-in ballots, the removal of machines meant to sort the mail, memos from DeJoy telling post office employees to slow down the mail, and Ohio Republicans have now refused to allow new drop-off boxes outside polling locations. This is a concerted effort to deny Americans their full rights to vote.
Twitter was glad to hear that Pelosi is addressing the issue, but also didn’t feel like she was going far enough. Read some of their comments below:
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