This morning, Donald Trump said in indisputable terms that his administration’s decision to withhold funding from the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a direct attempt to suppress the vote by preventing Americans from voting by mail.
In an interview with Fox Business, he said, “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots… But if they don’t get [it] that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”
This move comes during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has already killed over 160,000 people in the United States, and will undoubtedly make it harder for many Americans to cast a ballot in person this November. If unchecked, theTrump administration’s sabotage of the USPS poses a grave threat to our democracy.
Brent J. Cohen, the executive director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement in response:
“Donald Trump’s administration is taking deliberate steps that will prevent Americans from voting. Young people, particularly young people of color, know how this feels—new voters and young voters have long faced structural barriers to voting, and in the last decade have faced a barrage of new voter suppression laws designed to make it even more difficult to register to vote and cast a ballot. Americans cannot allow this administration to make voting in November more difficult and more dangerous than ever before.
We must ensure that this election, one of the most consequential elections in our lifetimes, is fair and inclusive—and that neither financial nor racial privilege grants some communities more access to the ballot box than others. This can only happen if we fund USPS and expand access to vote-by-mail.”