BREAKING NEWS: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls BS on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Policy Reversals

Yesterday, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he will be suspending “longstanding operational initiatives” that he has personally implemented at the United States Postal Service as public outrage reaches a boiling point.

Protests erupted outside DeJoy’s Washington DC home last weekend and more are planned for this coming Saturday over what the public views as a ploy to rig the 2020 election for President Donald Trump.

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“The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country. There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the Postal Service is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge,” DeJoy, whom Trump tapped to lead the USPS in June, said in a surprise statement Tuesday afternoon.

“The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards,” he added. “The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day. The 630,000 dedicated women and men of the Postal Service are committed, ready and proud to meet this sacred duty.”

On Wednesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that she spoke to DeJoy and that we the people should not trust him.

“Earlier today, I spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy regarding his alleged pause in operational changes,” Pelosi shared on Twitter. “During our conversation, he admitted he has no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other infrastructure that have been removed.”

Pelosi’s office also released a statement that held no punches.

“This morning, I spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy and conveyed to him that his announcement is not a solution and is misleading,” Pelosi wrote.

“The Postmaster General’s alleged pause is wholly insufficient and does not reverse damage already wreaked. The Postmaster General frankly admitted that he had no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other key mail infrastructure that have been removed and that plans for adequate overtime, which is critical for the timely delivery of mail, are not in the works. All of these changes directly jeopardize the election and disproportionately threaten to disenfranchise voters in communities of color. At the same time, we are highly concerned that the slowdown of the delivery of medicines to veterans is not being sufficiently addressed,” the Speaker continued.

“We will deliver for America by voting on Saturday hopefully in a bipartisan way on Chairwoman Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act,’ providing $25 billion in support of the Postal Service as the USPS Board of Governors recommended, 100 percent appointed by Trump,” Pelosi concluded. “The Postal Service is Election Central during the pandemic, and Democrats will not allow the President to force Americans to choose between their health and their vote.”

The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 170,000 Americans since March, means that mail-in voting is the only safe way to cast a ballot for much of the country. Many experts, like CDC Director Robert Redfield, are warning that fall 2020 could be the “worst fall” that “we’ve ever had” in the United States as COVID-19 spreads and flu season begins.

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