Trump’s Damage (3)

Also injurious was Trump’s arrangement to have one of his financial backers named Postmaster General and his subsequent crippling of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to slow down the mail and prevent effective voting by mail in the 2020 election. In May 2020, at Trump’s behest, the Board of Governors of the USPS designated Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General. DeJoy, between late December 2018 and late March 2020, had made four donations totaling $685,230 to Trump’s Republicans. He donated a total of $1.2 million to Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign and to the Republican Party since 2016. His net worth is reported to be $110 million.

To help Trump, DeJoy introduced changes to the USPS system to interrupt and slow down mail delivery, in hopes that the delays would render voting by mail in 2020 impossible. Despite these interventions, Trump still lost the 2020 election by a large margin. But the debilitating measures implemented by DeJoy are still in effect, and DeJoy is still the Postmaster General. I regularly experience delayed mail. More than once, I have had to pay late fees for delayed payment of bills which did not arrive on time. I’m a long way from being alone in my miseries.

President Biden can’t solve the problem because according to law, the Postmaster General can only be named or removed by the USPS Board of Governors. Membership of that board is in the hands of Congress. So far, the Republicans have prevented action to remove and replace board members so that the USPS can be repaired.

Trump’s damage continues.

More next time.

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