Maxine Waters: Trump Dismantling USPS Because Mail-In Voting Will Defeat Him
Democrat says president is afraid of mail-in voting
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) claimed President Donald Trump believes he won't win the election if a large scale mail-in voting is permitted.
Rep. Waters argued that Trump was trying to “dismantle” the U.S. Post Office for this reason.
Waters was asked what she would ask Postmaster General Louis DeJoy when he testifies in the House:
“Well, the first thing I’d like to ask him is what qualifies you to be the postmaster general? Did you get appointed simply because you’re a big contributor to the president and to the Republican Party?"
"And why were you sent here? What is your mission? Was your mission to do what you’ve started to do, dismantle machines that are responsible for sorting mail to get rid of overtime, to remove the blue boxes from our neighborhoods?" she continued.
"Is that what you were sent here to do?” Waters added.
“Were these your thoughts or were you given this mission by the president of the United States because he’s afraid of absentee balloting or in voting balloting, whatever you want to call it, mail-in voting," Waters claimed.
"Was he afraid of this to the point where he’s willing to basically, you know, have a scorched earth policy to dismantle the Postal Services in order to win.”
“That’s what it’s all about, he believes that with this mail-in voting that he will not succeed, he will not be re-elected and so he is prepared to do whatever it takes," she argued.
"And of course for me, to dismantle this American institution is just unbelievable how the president can get right in the faces of the American people who’s relied on the postal services, everything from delivering medicine to our seniors, to delivering the checks to our veterans who are looking for those disabled ability checks, to the seniors, to the veterans, to people who basically wanting to communicate with their families, et cetera, et cetera," Waters said.
"But the president of the United States to disregard all of that and move in quickly without any hearings, without anything," she added.
"I just think it’s unbelievable. I still am shocked at the idea that the president could do this.”
Trump has remained firm on his stance against mail-in voting as Democrats continue to push for more states to allow it.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that mail-in voting was “essential” for health reasons during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the president warned last week that if people can “protest in person” they can “vote in person," referring to the ongoing nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
“IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020