Trump Admits He’s Sabotaging the Post Office to Stop Mail-In Ballots

  • metta

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    Aug 13, 2020 8:34 PM GMT
    Trump Admits He’s Sabotaging the Post Office to Stop Mail-In Ballots

  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 13, 2020 10:07 PM GMT
    And this is surprising? The Low Life, Scum, Impeached, Corrupt, Piece of Shit will do anything to avoid his upcoming
    NY indictment and ultimate prison sentence

    Donald Trump appeared to admit he is attempting to undermine the U.S. Postal Service by blocking funding for the agency, which is expected to deal with a rush of mail-in ballots during this election season.

    “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” he said Thursday in an interview on Fox Business. “But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”

    Trump has repeatedly spread conspiracy theories about mail-in voting and has suggested he’ll cast doubt on the results of the November election. States are working to increase their capacity for mail-in voting, as many Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Election watchdog and voting rights groups are deeply concerned that Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the Postal Service will result in increased voter suppression.

    At a press conference Wednesday, Trump gave similar reasons for why he would not approve emergency congressional funding for the cash-strapped and backlogged agency.


  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 13, 2020 10:25 PM GMT
    If Donald Trump Controls The Mail, He Controls Democracy

    The Corrupt, Impeached Piece of Shit, illegitimatepotus is working overtime to turn the federal bureaucracy into a subsidiary of his campaign.

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can slow the mail. But President Donald Trump can.

    Late Friday, Trump’s handpicked new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, announced sweeping organizational changes that promise to further undercut the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to perform a vital democratic function: the timely delivery of mail-in ballots. This comes during an election when as many as 80 million Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the risk of contracting COVID-19.

    DeJoy, a major Republican fundraiser and Trump donor, reassigned or sidelined almost two dozen high-ranking USPS officials in a move to centralize his control of the agency, also instituting a hiring freeze and voluntary early retirements.

    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chair of the House subcommittee responsible for oversight of the Postal Service, called the reorganization “deliberate sabotage” and an obvious attempt to interfere in the election.

    “One way to suppress the vote ― and they’re experts in vote suppression — is to slow down the delivery of mail,” Connolly told CNN on Monday.

    Enfeebling the Postal Service would be among the most concerning attempts to subvert the institutions of democracy by a far-right administration that has turned the executive branch into a political cudgel unlike any wielded by a president in modern times. Trump has never made a secret of his distaste for democracy. After his election, his then-senior strategist, Steve Bannon, described the objective of the new administration as the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Coming from Bannon, an extremist who works with authoritarians around the world, these were baleful tidings.

    Indeed, the effort to cripple the federal government ― though a longtime goal of a Republican Party purportedly opposed to regulation and overspending ― has taken on a more sinister hue under Trump, who has starved agencies of necessary resources and prevented them from carrying out their duties. The tragic consequences have been on full display during a pandemic that the government was unable ― or not allowed ― to control and that has killed more than 163,000 Americans.

    But Trump has also worked to corrupt the government, often at the highest levels by installing yes-men in what more closely resembles the operation of a Mafia organization. From the start, Trump’s lawlessness has been clear. During the 2016 campaign, he invited Russia to interfere in an election he falsely claimed Hillary Clinton had rigged. This year, he was impeached after allegedly soliciting the president of Ukraine to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election by smearing former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Since he took office, Trump has badly abused the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to install cronies at dozens of high-level Cabinet and sub-Cabinet positions — cutting out the constitutional role of the Senate to give advice and consent on presidential nominees. Critical roles at the departments of justice, state, defense and homeland security, among others, have all had “acting” appointees put in place by Trump without the usual Senate confirmations. (The Senate has been controlled by Republicans for the entirety of Trump’s administration, but evidently even a modest level of scrutiny was unacceptable.)

    For example, as the Department of Homeland Security has abused its legal authority this summer to launch violent suppression of largely peaceful protests, it has been led by Chad Wolf, who was never confirmed by the Senate for this role. He was installed last fall after a dizzying series of internal changes to DHS’s succession rules that many scholars argue were unconstitutional.

    “Wolf’s unlawful service is far from an arcane constitutional question,” as a recent Lawfare op-ed noted. “This scenario — high-ranking officials wielding the immense power of the U.S. government without being subject to the advice and consent of the Senate — is exactly what the Founders sought to avoid when they included the Appointments Clause in the Constitution.”

    And in a span of six weeks earlier this year, Trump removed five inspectors general from their oversight roles, including those at the departments of defense, health and human services, and state, and for the intelligence community.

    Now trailing Biden in the polls, Trump has apparently decided to tamper with the federal machinery overseeing aspects of the election — including the delivery of mail-in ballots. He is again claiming the contest will be rigged, asserting repeatedly and despite all evidence to the contrary that mail-in ballots are ripe for abuse. He has called mail-in voting “fraudulent” and “corrupt” and even suggested it might be a reason to postpone the election.

    This has put the mail service squarely in Trump’s crosshairs. The most popular government agency in the country, with a 91% favorability rating, according to a recent Pew poll, the USPS is made up of essential workers toiling on the frontline during the pandemic, 40,000 of whom have had to quarantine. At least 75 have died.

    U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives at a meeting at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week in

    DeJoy, a union-busting former logistics executive who with, his wife, has up to $75.3 million invested in USPS competitors and contractors, took over the agency in June. He soon started making changes that have concerned Democrats, democracy watchdogs and postal workers themselves. In July, he eliminated overtime, reduced hours and cut back other services, including the late-delivery trips from processing stations to post offices that keep mail flowing on time. There has even been an indication that he might close some offices.

    DeJoy’s explanation for these decisions: cost-cutting measures to increase efficiency.

    But the changes have already hamstrung a stressed and financially beleaguered agency, creating huge backlogs of mail around the country and, in some places, slowing the arrival of ballots during primary elections. In Philadelphia, unsorted mail has piled up in post offices and overwhelmed mail carriers. In Michigan, a key battleground state, some ballots didn’t arrive until the day before the primary, if they arrived at all.

    “Let me be clear that with regard to election mail, the Postal Service and I are fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process,” DeJoy said on Friday. “Despite any assertions to the contrary, we are not slowing down election mail or any other mail.”

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other top Democrats on Friday asked the USPS inspector general to investigate the recent operational changes. And before last week’s USPS slashing, what Democrats are referring to as the “Friday night massacre,” Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich), the ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Postal Service, opened an investigation into its policy changes.
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    Aug 13, 2020 11:39 PM GMT

    POS knows it’s win this at any cost or lawsuits and prosecution till he drowns in his own shyt packed diapers. And his kids are not far behind.

    TRUNTS selling out America for cash. Willing to eat the fascist Orange Hole.
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    Aug 14, 2020 12:49 AM GMT
    A spokesman for the Postal Service, David Partenheimer, said in a statement that “certain deadlines concerning mail-in ballots, may be incompatible with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,” especially if election officials don’t pay more for first-class postage.

    “To the extent that states choose to use the mail as part of their elections, they should do so in a manner that realistically reflects how the mail works,” he said.

    Judy Beard, legislative and political director for the American Postal Workers Union, said postal workers are up to the task of delivering mail-in ballots this year.
  • splooje

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    Aug 14, 2020 1:07 AM GMT
    Lol, get Amazon to handle the election. I ordered a classic Eames chair last night and it arrived after lunch today lol
  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2020 3:07 PM GMT
    Postal workers are sounding the alarm as mail sorting machines are removed from processing facilities
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    Aug 14, 2020 8:34 PM GMT
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    Aug 14, 2020 8:41 PM GMT
    Dozens of Montana USPS drop boxes removed

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  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 14, 2020 8:48 PM GMT
    Trump donor the head of the U.S. Postal Service


    A businessman who is a major donor to the Impeached Corrupt Piece of Shit Donald Trump will be the next head of the U.S. Postal Service, the agency's board of governors announced Wednesday. Louis DeJoy will take over a service that the illegitimatepotus has criticized constantly, while it is struggling for financial survival during the TrumpVirus pandemic.

    DeJoy has donated more than $1.2 million to the Trump Victory Fund, as well as millions of dollars to the Republican National Committee and various GOP candidates over the past three decades, according to Federal Elections Commission records. He is also overseeing fundraising for the Republican National Convention.

    DeJoy's wife, Aldona Wos, was nominated by Mr. Trump to be ambassador to Canada, and served as ambassador to Estonia under former President George W. Bush.



  • metta

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    Aug 15, 2020 2:02 AM GMT

    Postal Service plans to remove 671 high-volume mail processing machines
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    Aug 15, 2020 2:18 PM GMT


    USPS Removes Mailboxes, Shuts Down Letter-Sorting Machines As Mail-In Voting Looms

    As Trump’s postmaster thwarts the Postal Service, the USPS warns 46 states that mail-in ballots may not be delivered on time, potentially canceling out those votes

    The U.S. Postal Service removed mail collection boxes in at least four states and is eliminating automatic letter-sorting machines that speed delivery ahead of an expected surge of mail-in ballots in the Nov. 3 elections.

    As the Postal Service began to dismantle its own process for speedy mail delivery, it sent a letter to 46 states warning that voters could be disenfranchised because their mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to make vote deadlines, The Washington Post reported Friday. Some states are quickly moving up deadlines, forcing voters to request or cast ballots sooner.

    The startling actions appear to support accusations by Democratic lawmakers and voting rights groups that Postal Service management — now headed by major Donald Trump contributor Louis DeJoy — is sabotaging mail delivery before Election Day.

    The USPS has removed mailboxes in Oregon, Montana, Indiana and in Manhattan. Trucks filled with the blue metal boxes alarmed Oregon residents in Portland, where four were removed, and Eugene (28 boxes) this week. A USPS spokesperson said they’re being removed because of “declining” mail volume, The Oregonian reported Thursday.

    Donald Trump isn’t *trying* to sabotage our elections. He’s doing it right under our noses. This is voter suppression and Senate Republicans are letting him get away with it.

    — Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) August 14, 2020
    Delivery times have doubled. Costs are increasing. Sorting machines are being removed. Mail is piling up. Now they’re driving around in trucks, removing mailboxes.

    Leave it to Trump to quickly destroy an institution that’s been around longer than America has existed.

    — Ted (@trom771) August 14, 2020
    The agency planned to remove 68 of the collection boxes in Montana, but the operation was placed “on hold” as of Friday after dozens were taken, following a report by a local NBC station and a complaint by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The USPS later issued a statement that it would stop removing letter boxes in 16 states and sections of two others in the western region of the agency until after the election, CNN reported.

    Good morning Manhattan

    — Azi™ (@Azi) August 14, 2020
    The USPS is also currently eliminating hundreds of mail sorting machines that have significantly speeded up mail processing.

    Cost-cutting moves are already delaying mail delivery by as much as a week, according to The Washington Post. Some states, meanwhile, are anticipating 10 times the normal volume of election mail as voters seek to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 by voting in person.

    Trump has already declared the Nov. 3 election the “most corrupt” in American history because of the anticipated wide use of mail-in ballots, even before any votes have been cast. He has claimed, without any evidence, that the mail-in ballots will be “rigged,” even though he and first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday requested their own mail-in ballots for Tuesday’s Florida primary.

    Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
    On Thursday, the president all but admitted he is blocking a desperately needed infusion of funds to the cash-strapped Postal Service, knowing it will hamstring voting by mail.

    “We have an underfunded state and local election system and a deliberate slowdown in the Postal Service,” Wendy Fields, the executive director of the nonpartisan Democracy Initiative, told The New York Times last month. Trump is “deliberately orchestrating suppression and using the Post Office as a tool to do it,” she said.

    Vanita Gupta, a Justice Department official in the Obama administration and currently president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, characterized the situation as the “weaponization of the U.S. Postal Service for the president’s electoral purposes.”

    It’s “completely outrageous that the U.S. Postal Service is in this position,” she told the Post.

    Vice was the first to report Thursday that 19 mail-sorting machines from five USPS processing facilities had been removed. The USPS told Vice that the change was part of routine adaptations to mail and package volume.

    But both Vice and CNN obtained a report revealing that the USPS is in the process of eliminating about 15% of the machines, which can each sort as much as 35,000 pieces of mail an hour, according to Vice. Loss of the sorters will significantly delay mail processing and delivery.

    CNN reported Thursday that postal officials cited decreased mail volume and a need for efficiency for the removal of the sorting machines.

    The changes come on top of an internal memo last month that announced a halt to overtime pay for letter carriers and a new limit on hours when mail can be delivered.

    After those cuts were revealed, the watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called for an immediate investigation into the agency’s mail-in ballot “voter suppression tactics.”

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and eight other lawmakers on Thursday also called on the USPS inspector general to investigate the policy changes — as well as newly revealed ethics issues concerning DeJoy.

    DeJoy, who has no experience working in the USPS, is a prominent Trump donor and the former lead fundraiser for the Republican National Committee. He stands to profit from an implosion of the Postal Service. CNN reported earlier this week that DeJoy continues to hold a $30 million equity stake in his former company, XPO Logistics, a USPS contractor, which could conceivably partner with a competitor if the agency stumbles.

    DeJoy also purchased Amazon stock options after he was appointed postmaster general, giving him the right to buy new shares of Amazon at a price much lower than their current market price, according to his financial disclosure filings.

    CNN reported Friday that the inspector general of the USPS has launched an investigation into DeJoy’s policy changes and potential ethics conflicts.

    “We have initiated a body of work to address the concerns raised, but cannot comment on the details,” Agapi Doulaveris, a spokesperson for the USPS watchdog, told CNN in an email. Documents have already been requested, according to CNN.

    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s investments in @USPS competitors were already deeply problematic. But his purchase of @Amazon stock options after his appointment is inexcusable. The @OIGUSPS must investigate this corruption.
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    Aug 15, 2020 2:42 PM GMT
    Very corrupt move by Potus
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    Aug 15, 2020 2:55 PM GMT
    metta saidTrump Admits He’s Sabotaging the Post Office to Stop Mail-In Ballots

    Hey admins....You want to remove FAKE NEWS...How about you start with this load of utter BS posted by this OP? He had to go to The Young Turks for a source, a news organization deemed so dishonest that even the DNC won't grant them press passes for the Democratic convention
  • metta

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    Aug 16, 2020 2:47 AM GMT
    Postal Service Reduction Capacity

  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2020 5:11 AM GMT
    Postal Service will halt mailbox removals due to 'customer concerns'
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    Aug 17, 2020 5:26 AM GMT
    metta saidPostal Service will halt mailbox removals due to 'customer concerns'

    Yeah the removals start again in November when sanity will again reign. The USPS knows what's going on here.
  • metta

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    Aug 17, 2020 6:15 AM GMT
    'Trump warns presidential election result may not be known for 'years,' as allegations grow he's undermining the USPS to rig the election
  • craycraydoesd...

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    Aug 17, 2020 1:20 PM GMT
    You'd think a guy with a mail-order bride wouldn't be the one trying to sabotage the postal service...
  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 17, 2020 4:00 PM GMT
    Trump is so dumb trying to sabotage USPS, Democrats. He’s hurting his own voters


    One of the most nonsensical things about Trump’s blatant attempt to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service in hopes of getting reelected is that, if he’s successful, the people most harmed will be his own voters.

    And there are millions of them.

    Every day, postal workers deliver letters and packages — including medication and benefit checks — to some of the most rural stretches of land in this country. They make some 45 million stops along 78,500 routes, many of which hug remote farms and ranches, such as those that dot Modoc and Alpine counties, where “Make America Great Again” flags fly high.

    These are places where people could easily go weeks without a real-life connection to the outside world if not for their postal carrier stopping by every day. Places where Amazon doesn’t deliver, nor FedEx or UPS. Where there isn’t even reliable internet service.

    As former President Obama tweeted on Friday: “Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

    And yet Trump, in an unscrupulous and shortsighted attempt to limit Americans’ ability to vote by mail, is continuing to refuse additional funding for USPS.

    On Thursday, he said he would block both the $25 billion in emergency funding sought by Democrats as part of a broader relief package and an additional $3.5 billion for states to prepare for the Nov. 3 election. The funds would go toward hiring staff and processing ballots with all the precautions needed for safely tallying votes during a pandemic.

    Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can't be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 14, 2020

    “They need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” he told Fox Business Network. “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it.”

    A few hours later, Trump backtracked a bit, saying that he wouldn’t veto a relief package that includes funding for the postal service, but Democrats would need to agree to a deal. “If we agree to it,” he told reporters. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to agree to it.”

    A few hours after that, negotiations over that deal officially stalled, with lawmakers leaving Washington for summer break.

    Trump’s theory is that he is more likely to beat the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, if voters have to go to the polls in person. He also keeps insisting that mail-in voting is “fraudulent,” despite evidence to the contrary and his own decision to vote by mail in Florida.

    Trump vows to block new Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail.
    It’s the kind of thing that infuriates Tammi Headrick, president of California chapter of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Assn. When we spoke Thursday, she had just returned from her grueling regular route of four and a half hours in the hills around Escondido. Her mail truck has no air conditioning, and since it was 97 degrees outside, she figures it was about 107 degrees in the driver’s seat squashed among all of the letters and packages.

    “For him to stand there and say that we can’t be trusted, he is insulting every postal employee in this country,” Headrick said of Trump. “I was delivering things today from his campaign. But I can be trusted with that, right? Yeah.”

    This is only the latest round of shenanigans since Louis DeJoy, a Republican mega-donor who owns stock in Amazon and UPS, became postmaster general in May. The changes he has made since then, from cutting overtime to removing mail processing equipment, are at the root of many of the delivery delays that we’ve have endured even in Los Angeles.

    The USPS has already warned officials in 46 states, including California, that it can’t guarantee all ballots cast by mail will arrive in time to be counted for the November election, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

    If Trump, presumably with DeJoy’s support, gets his way now and additional funding for the USPS is denied or delayed, the ramifications will be enormous — not just for our democracy in the short term, but for people’s lives in the long term.

    “In these urban areas, for most of the folks, it’s not going to be a big deal to make the trek to the post office to pick up whatever they were waiting on,” Headrick said. “But when you get out into our farm communities, it can be near impossible for them.”

    It can take an hour or more to get to a grocery store or to a Target to get, say, toilet paper — something many people told me during a trip to the high desert city of Alturas, in Modoc County, in July. Supply chains are delicate things in rural communities, which are often poor.

    “California has some areas like up by Crescent City and stuff like that, that there’s nothing even close to them,” she said. “There are still many places that even Amazon with their long-reaching fingers don’t go. They hand it off to us because it wouldn’t be profitable for them to drive 40 miles for one address.”

    As of April, the postal service was projecting a $13-billion revenue loss tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and an additional $54 billion in losses over the next decade. It also has retirement benefits to fund. But for all the talk over the years of privatizing the USPS, there’s a reason why it continues to exist. It provides a service that, while surely never will turn a buck, is very much needed by the public. That’s the role of government.

    If rural letter carriers are laid off en masse, something that Headrick worries about, she predicts that many of the people along her route and elsewhere in California will be caught completely off-guard. Most aren’t paying attention to the news, she said. They’re worried about planting their crops or what’s going on with the head of cattle.

    “They don’t have the time available to just drop what they’re doing and run to the post office to pick up whatever,” she told me. “If they had that, they would have probably just went into the store and bought it.”

    That the Impeached Piece of Shit is willing to throw his own base of voters under the bus — the people whom he has at least given lip service to protecting in the past — says a lot about how desperate he is. Trump, ever selfish, is more than willing to turn the postal service into a pawn and subject rural Americans to a fate that will last a lot longer than the November election.

    No wonder he is lagging in the polls even in states that he won handily in 2016. Making it difficult to vote by mail won’t change that.
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