Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) tore into ex-President Donald Trump and Representative Jim (Gym) Jordan (R-OH) during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.
“All the gaslighting we just heard does not change facts. Am I making this up, as Mister Jordan would have you believe, that the president of the United States last summer, Donald J. Trump, publicly said, ‘voting by mail would lead to massive fraud?’ Did he say that, or am I imagining that Mister Diamondstein?” asked Connolly.
“Um, I don’t think you’re imagining it. What I recall him saying at one point is he was gonna make sure the Postal Service got no financial COVID emergency relief because then they would be able to more effectively deliver ballots during the election,” Diamonstein replied.
“Thank you, but the point is, it was Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, who was planting the idea, aided and abetted by disruptive changes proposed by a new postmaster general and a compliant board of governors, that actually eroded public confidence in the ability to vote by mail. That wasn’t a Democratic narrative. That was a Republican narrative by the president of the United States and his enablers,” Connolly said.
“And oh and by the way, inconvenient fact – [Congressman Jody] Hice [R-GA] would have you believe it was partisans on this committee, and he quoted a number of Democrats – by the way, admitted Democrats, for the record, I’m an admitted Democrat and damn proud of it – I didn’t vote to overturn an election, and I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship,” Connolly continued.
“But facts are stubborn things. It wasn’t… the idea it was complete fiction that the changes proposed by, in fact, implemented by [Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy with a compliant board led by now, Chairman [Ron] Bloom, who has admitted he went along with him,” Connolly added, “it was a federal judge who found it politically motivated, not a Democratic critic.”
Connolly referenced a report from last September that “US District Judge Stanley Bastian in Washington upheld a challenge by 14 states and enjoined the postmaster general to stop what he was doing and said, ‘the states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service.'”
Bastian “was not some partisan Democrat, that’s a federal judge, and that wasn’t the only ruling,” said Connolly.
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