Senate Democrat Demands Mitch McConnell End Recess Over Chaos at United States Postal Service
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) implored Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to immediately call the Senate back into session following United States Postal Service warnings of potentially widespread voter disenfranchisement.
“It’s unacceptable that in the United States of America, the Postal Service has to warn Americans that their ballots may not be counted if they vote by mail,” Masto, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “Republicans in the Senate have failed Americans by refusing to stand up to the president’s political attacks that are putting the election at risk while also delaying the delivery of prescription drugs, Social Security checks, and other essentials.”
McConnell “should end recess” and “return to Washington,” Masto said, so that the Senate can
“pass the bipartisan emergency funding needed to provide urgent economic relief, combat this pandemic, and ensure the Postal Service can operate in a safe and timely manner.”
The USPS warned in a letter on Thursday that voters in 46 states are in danger of disenfranchisement because “certain state-law requirements & deadlines appear to be incompatible with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”
For millions, mail-in voting is the only safe choice as the coronavirus pandemic – which has killed more than 168,000 Americans since March – continues to ravage the nation.
Masto joins a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers seeking to check President Donald Trump’s assault on mail-in voting.
On Friday, Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) called for Trump to be prosecuted (when and if he leaves office) for corruption – particularly over his attempts to stimy mail-in voting – and is calling on the federal government to make it possible.
“I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission,” Swalwell tweeted Friday evening. “It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice“
I don’t say this lightly: when we escape this Trump hell, America needs a Presidential Crimes Commission. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. Example 1: Sabotaging the mail to win an election. #SaveThePostOffice
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 14, 2020
Others, like New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, are pressuring individual states to investigate whether Trump’s gutting of the USPS is criminal in nature.
“Tonight I’ve made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General asking him to empanel a grand jury to look at subversion of NJ election laws by donald trump, louis dejoy, and other trump officials in their accelerating arson of the post office,” Pascrell tweeted.
Tonight I’ve made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General asking him to empanel a grand jury to look at subversion of NJ election laws by donald trump, louis dejoy, and other trump officials in their accelerating arson of the post office. pic.twitter.com/mxqbV8EmVn
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) August 14, 2020
In Arizona, meanwhile, a separate filing by Secretary of State Katie Hobbs asks state Attorney General Mark Brnovich to probe if “Trump and others at his direction… conspired to violate” Arizona election laws.
“It’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot,’” Hobbs tweeted. ” unuI’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime.”
In Arizona, it’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot.” I’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime. pic.twitter.com/fwEV86RIIT
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) August 14, 2020
For Democrats, Trump’s startling Thursday morning remarks on Fox News Business have become self-indicting.
Trump went on live television to brag that he is willfully sabotating the USPS to help himself in November’s election and that mail-in voting would lead to a “rigged election.” Trump offered no evidence to support this claim.
“The whole thing with this mail-in ballot, that’s a rigged election waiting to happen,” Trump said on Mornings with Maria. “It’s rigged and everyone knows it.”
“It’s a disaster. It’s a rigged election waiting to happen, and it’s just common sense. You wouldn’t even have to know anything about politics or elections. It’s common sense.”
Trump was completely transparent about his objectives.
“These mail-in ballots… they send millions of them all over the country. It’s going to be a rigged election. The country shouldn’t allow it,” Trump blubbered, before making a blatant attempt to delegitimize the election.
“The courts have to step in, we’re in many different courts right now,” he said. “If the courts don’t step in, the federal courts, then you’ll never know who won the election.”
Trump also admitted that he was personally preventing emergency funding for the USPS.
“If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money,” Trump said. “That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”
The public is also not standing by quietly while Trump and his henchmen bulldoze American democratic infrastructure.
Protests erupted Saturday morning in front of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Washington DC apartment.