The position of postmaster general is usually a non-controversial one and the appointment of one most often goes unnoticed by the vast majority of Americans. Louis Dejoy, however, will go down in history thanks to his decision to help Donald Trump thwart mail-in voting an influence an American presidential election.
Things I never thought I'd see, volume 1,303: Protests outside of the Postmaster General's home this morning pic.twitter.com/nUc7ErR6hk
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 15, 2020
Outside the Washington, D. C. home of Dejoy, a Trump appointee embattled with controversy, protesters are demonstrating their frustrations with the man who has actively worked to, in President Obama’s words, “kneecap” the post office to slow down mail-in voting during a global pandemic when many are trying to stay socially distanced.
Dejoy was recently exposed as being a shareholder in XPO Logistics, a competitor service to the USPS, and it was discovered that he did not give up those stocks upon his appointment, creating a significant conflict of interest that has sparked ethics violation investigations in New Jersey. It is a naked power grab on an extreme and obvious level, with Dejoy profiting from his position, using it to help keep Donald Trump in power, which in turn keeps Dejoy in power and profiting.
A group of socially distanced and masked protesters gathered outside of Dejoy’s home to stand up for the democratic process and bring attention to Trump’s and Dejoy’s attempts to interfere with it. With just 80 days until the 2020 elections, it is an unfolding story worth watching unfold.
Twitter was in full support of the protesters. Read some of their comments below:
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