8 thoughts on “Trump prefers the gloom of night…and ignorant voters!

  1. Death by a thousand cuts says:

    “Trump-backed postmaster general plans to slow mail delivery” (Fortune July 24, 2020) https://fortune.com/2020/07/24/usps-mail-delivery-postmaster-general-louis-dejoy-us-postal-service/
    “Is the Postal Service Being Manipulated to Help Trump Get Reëlected?” (The New Yorker July 29, 2020)
    “As Trump attacks voting by mail, the Post Office says it has ‘ample capacity’ to handle a surge in ballots” (Business Insider Aug 4, 2020) https://www.businessinsider.com/post-office-claims-ample-capacity-trump-attacks-voting-by-mail-2020-8

    “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Grover Norquist, interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, May 25, 2001

  2. Stealing away... says:

    President Trump on Thursday repeated his unfounded claim that the U.S. Postal Service is incapable of facilitating mail-in voting because it cannot access the emergency funding he is blocking, casting the November election as illegitimate if voters submit ballots through the nation’s cash-strapped mail service. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/12/postal-service-ballots-dejoy/
    “Trump Admits He’s Starving the Postal Service to Sabotage Voting by Mail” https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/trump-admits-starving-usps-sabotage-voting-by-mail.html
    “Trump said Thursday he does not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the cash-strapped agency.
    “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,” Trump said in an interview on Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. He added: “If they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped.” [Audio: https://twitter.com/i/status/1293896544668782592 ]
    “… It’s telling that after President Trump was widely rebuked for suggesting a delay of the election, he wasn’t remotely chastened. Instead, he floated another scenario that could help him accomplish the same goal of avoiding a free and fair election:
    He suggested that only the votes that can be tallied on Election Day should count.
    This may seem like Trumpian bluster. But it’s much more alarming in light of an important new exposé in The Post that reports on big backlogs in mail delivery due to “cost-cutting” by the new head of the U.S. Postal Service — who, by spectacular coincidence, just happens to be a top Trump fundraiser.”
    Also: “US Postal Service officials push proposal to nearly triple cost of sending mail-in ballots: report : Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the proposal an attempt to “sabotage” the USPS ahead of upcoming elections” https://www.salon.com/2020/08/10/us-postal-service-officials-push-proposal-to-nearly-triple-cost-of-sending-mail-in-ballots-report/

  3. Flip-flop says:

    “Trump suggests he’d oppose USPS funding to hurt mail-in voting, then says he won’t” https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-opposes-funding-usps-bid-block-vote-mail/story?id=72353322
    “President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump requested mail-in ballots for Florida’s primary election on Tuesday, according to Palm Beach County records, despite the President’s frequent attacks on voting by mail.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/donald-trump-melania-florida-mail-in-ballot/index.html

  4. Slight of hand says:

    “Representatives at the United States Postal Service’s national headquarters in Washington were still unable to confirm whether they would stop removing letter collection boxes as of Saturday afternoon.
    Rod Spurgeon, a USPS spokesperson for the service’s Western region, told CNN on Friday night that postal employees in 16 states and parts of two others would stop the removal of letter collection boxes until after the election.
    But it’s unclear whether or not the policy confirmed by Spurgeon is still in effect or if they will be returning the removed letter collection boxes to their previous locations.
    That’s because the USPS’ reorganization plan took effect on Saturday, completely changing the geographical divisions of the entire postal service: the Western region is now significantly bigger in the retail and delivery and the logistics and processing operations.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/15/politics/usps-letter-collection-boxes/index.html
    “Demonstrators marched to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s home in the District on Saturday to protest recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are leaving some Americans concerned about the agency’s ability to handle the massive amount of mail-in ballots expected in this year’s presidential election.
    The noisy morning demonstration — which lasted about an hour — was aimed at sounding an alarm on service cuts and reported slowdowns happening at post offices across the U.S.” https://wtop.com/dc/2020/08/dozens-protest-outside-dc-condo-where-postmaster-general-lives/

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