Trump Attacks USPS to Prevent Vote-by-Mail in Presidential Election

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At this point in the game, it is no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump does not want to play fair in the November presidential election.

While national polls give former Vice President Joe Biden a wide lead in the race, and while the election of Kamala Harris as running mate seems to be the missing momentum to anticipate a resounding victory over the Trump-Biden team, the White House has decided to use all its power to hinder the voting process.

Although there are no clear figures on which party would benefit most from facilitating postal voting, since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Trump administration has been campaigning to cut funds to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

As reported by the Associated Press, President Donald Trump made it clear Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the USPS. He acknowledged that his decision would prevent the agency from processing an anticipated increase in mail ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

“They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said on “Mornings with Maria,” adding, “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.”

Biden’s campaign jumped on Trump’s comments, likening the president’s actions to sabotage.

“The President of the United States is sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people rely upon, cutting a critical lifeline for rural economies and for delivery of medicines because he wants to deprive Americans of their fundamental right to vote safely during the most catastrophic public health crisis in over 100 years,” Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.

Although the president has unfoundedly warned of the alleged electoral “fraud” that would result from universal postal voting, his decision to financially strangle the public service seems to indicate his desperation to win the election in November.

 The president’s new comments follow the insertion of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin into Postal Service finances and the election of a major Trump donor to lead the USPS, CNN said.

New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took over in June, is under pressure to reverse “dramatic cost-cutting measures and prepare the Postal Service for a flood of mail-in ballots this fall,” the media added. Only last week, Mnuchin struck a loan deal with the Postal Service giving him access to “details of its 10 biggest service contracts, likely including Amazon,” a move that CNN interprets could give the administration “new ammunition to push the USPS to agree to one of Trump’s pet projects, raising its shipping prices.”

For Ronald Stroman, a former senior Post Office official, changes to the agency, now run by a Trump ally, could “disenfranchise” voters, according to The Guardian.

Amid reports of major delays in the mail, Ronald Stroman, who resigned earlier this year as the USPS’ second-in-command, said he was concerned about the speed and timing of the changes that seemed to be implemented after DeJoy took office in June.

USPS faces a financial crisis, and every postmaster general is interested in cost savings and efficiency, Stroman said. Still, the question was how to balance those changes with the public’s needs.

“The concern is not only that you’re doing this in a pandemic, but a couple of months before an election with enormous consequences,” said Stroman, now a senior fellow at the Democracy Fund. “If you can’t right the ship if you can’t correct these fast enough, the consequence is not just, OK, people don’t get their mail, it’s that you disenfranchise people.

 “Making these changes this close to an election is a high-risk proposition,” he added.