The Republican Party is waging war against the United States Postal Service. Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been working around the clock to gut the agency, employing tactics ranging from cutting back on overtime for postal workers, to delaying delivery times, to facilitating the physical removal of crucial mail sorting equipment.
The goal is to make mail-in voting harder to process and to undermine faith in the Postal Service ahead of the election. Trump does not want people to vote easily because he knows there’s a very good chance that they’ll be voting against him. Voter suppression is the goal.
Today, Trump appeared on Fox & Friends where he was asked by host Steve Doocy about the “sabotaging” of the Postal Service. Even though Trump has already essentially admitted that that’s what he’s doing, he denied it.
“No, I’m just making it good. We have a very very good business guy running it and I want to make, I jokingly say but it’s true, I want to make the post office great again. Okay?” said Trump.
“This has been one of the disasters of the world, the way it’s been run. It’s been run horribly. And we’re going to make it good,” the president said of the extremely popular agency.
“They come and they drop all their mail to a post office, not all of it, but a big percentage of it, and they say, ‘Here, you deliver it, you stupid people,’ We’re losing a fortune. And I said, you’ve got to raise the rates,” said Trump, making it clear that he has little understanding of how people actually interact with the Postal Service.
The president ranted and raved, eventually circling back to the issue of mail-in voting.
“Now with that being said, I have to tell you that if you go with this universal mail-in where you send millions of votes, in California, tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, okay? Dogs are getting them, okay? People that have been dead for 25 years are getting them. You have to see what’s happening,” Trump claimed.
As usual, Trump is lying. There is no evidence that mail-in voting fraud is anything beyond a right-wing conspiracy theory aimed at denying Americans their right to vote. One study found only eight cases of mail-in fraud out 16 million votes cast over the course of thirteen years. Dead people are not voting en masse and obviously dogs aren’t either.
The Republicans love to bring up the case of a pet owner who received a voter application for her dead cat but such a mistake is hardly a pressing problem because an application is not the same as a ballot. If the owners had tried to return the application in their cat’s name they would have been caught and charged with voter fraud. This simply isn’t a real issue.
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