With only 86 days until the 2020 presidential election, sinister forces within the federal government are mounting.a concerted effort to sabotage one of the pillars of American democracy – the United States Postal Service.
Late Friday night, The Washington Post reported that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy had conducted a Friday Night Massacre style purge of top USPS officials in the midst of congressional investigations into policy changes that have had a detrimental effect on mail delivery.
“The shake-up came as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections,” wrote WaPo. “Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major ally of President Trump, and de-emphasizes decades of institutional postal knowledge. All told, 33 staffers included in the old postal hierarchy either kept their jobs or were reassigned in the restructuring, with five more staffers joining the leadership from other roles.”
DeJoy’s actions were swiftly and widely condemned as direct attacks on American democracy.
“Trump is actively sabotaging the election under our noses,” said political commentator Brian Tyler Cohen. “This isn’t theoretical, it’s happening RIGHT NOW.”
Use inherent contempt powers to bring DeJoy to testify (now, not in 6 weeks). Pass legislation codifying timely mail delivery (even if that means paying overtime), include USPS funding in the next relief bill (non-negotiable). This is a fucking five-alarm fire- what’s being done?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 8, 2020
“Trump’s political crony managing the #USPS has made significant changes to postal operations, which has already slowed mail delivery across the country,” Peter DeFazio, a Democratic House candidate, tweeted. “Tonight he went further and executed a Friday night massacre— firing USPS managers who run the day to day postal operations.”
Trump’s political crony managing the #USPS has made significant changes to postal operations, which has already slowed mail delivery across the country. Tonight he went further and executed a Friday night massacre— firing USPS managers who run the day to day postal operations. pic.twitter.com/YbPrQJcPVE
— Peter DeFazio (@DeFazio4Oregon) August 8, 2020
Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly blasted DeJoy and his “crooked ordeal.”
NEW: As Congressional leaders on postal issues, we're officially calling on the USPS Inspector General to launch an investigation into operational changes made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) August 7, 2020
“Another Friday night massacre by this administration — and this time dealing another devestating blow to our postal service. The American people deserve answers and we’re going to keep fighting for them,” tweeted Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA).
Another Friday night massacre by this administration — and this time dealing another devestating blow to our postal service. The American people deserve answers and we’re going to keep fighting for them. 1/2 https://t.co/kM1tReMrRk
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) August 8, 2020
Earlier in the day, Scanlon and 80 other lawmakers sent a letter to DeJoy outlining their concerns over how his policies would negatively impact delivery service.
“It is vital that the U.S. Postal Service not reduce mail delivery times, which could harm rural communities, seniors, small businesses, and millions of Americans who rely on the mail for critical letters and packages,” lawmakers stated in the letter. “Eliminating overtime and directing postal workers to leave mail on the floor of postal facilities will erode confidence in the Postal Service and drive customers away, resulting in even worse financial conditions in the future.”
“We stand ready to work with you on improving the financial condition of the Postal Service, in a way that guarantees the American people’s continued access to critical postal services in a timely manner,” the signers plead.
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