The Trump administration has come under heavy scrutiny as the United States Postal Service (USPS) continues to pull back on services and workers ahead of the upcoming election where mail-in ballots will play an important role in light of the current COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus pandemic keeping many in quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading. Recently, former President Barack Obama went on Twitter to express his thoughts on the acts of voter suppression and the recent operational changes administered through the USPS under the Trump administration.
Obama expressed the importance of the service of the USPS not only for voters but other marginalized groups including the elderly who rely on the mail to receive their payments. Numerous politicians have voiced concern over the new operational changes since the appointment of Louis DeJoy as the new Postmaster General who is also a major Republican donor as well as a Trump supporter.
“Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open,” the former U.S. president commented on Twitter in a series of posts about the current events. “They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”
“The more votes in early, the less likely you’re going to see a last-minute crunch, both at polling places and in states where mail-in ballots are permitted. Then tell everyone you know,” Obama continued. If you’re in a state where you have the option to vote early, do that now.
Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 14, 2020