Activists in the Washington D.C. area surrounded the home of USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Saturday, demanding his resignation. With noisemakers, pots and pans, and air horns, the protesters hoped to prevent DeJoy from sleeping.
The protesters accuse DeJoy, a GOP donor and President Trump supporter, of attempting to sabotage the 2020 election. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of Americans plan to vote via mail-in. However, the USPS warned that it may not be able to successfully deliver all mail-in votes in time.
At the postmasters’ D.C. condo, activists stuffed fake ballots into the gates. One of the themes of the march was “No Joy for DeJoy.”
On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed the activists’ concerns. She shared her thoughts on the issue in a letter to Democratic colleagues.
“The Postal Service is central to our democracy — with a treasured legacy that stretches from our founding, and with an importance enshrined in the Constitution,” Pelosi writes, according to Fox News. “Yet before our eyes, President Trump is openly working to destroy the Post Office and sabotage its ability to deliver absentee ballots in time to be counted.”
President Donald Trump on the USPS
Last week, President Donald Trump blamed the Democrats’ push for universal mail-in ballots as one of the major reasons for a delay in another coronavirus-related stimulus package. The President addressed the issue during an appearance on Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.
“It’s their fault,” Trump said. “They want $3.5 billion for something that’s fraudulent … for the mail-in votes, universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion for the post office.”
The President continued by saying: “They need that money so it can work and they can take these millions and millions of ballots. But if they don’t get those two items, then they can’t have mail-in ballots.”
Because of COVID-19, some state estimates 10 times the typical amount of election mail. The resulting situation presents a massive challenge for the USPS. “The Postal Service is asking election officials and voters to realistically consider how the mail works,” spokeswoman Martha Johnson said.
[H/T Fox News]