Irony was in the air over the weekend when more than 100 people gathered outside the North Carolina mansion of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to protest cuts made to the Postal Service—something liberals fear could threaten mail-in voting as a safer alternative to in-person voting ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
According to the Charlotte Observer, protesters gathered for about two hours on Sunday along the streets, holding signs that read, “Sabotage of the USPS is un-American” and “Save USPS.”
In other words, the demonstrators congregated in person to protest the unsafe conditions that would surely come with Americans voting in person.
Sounds about right.
The Observer continues:
The protest follows President Donald Trump’s acknowledgment in an interview on Fox Business Network that he has been starving the Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election.
The Postal Service warned states last week that it could not guarantee all ballots cast by mail would arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by deadlines.
Conspiracy theories that Trump will attempt to rig the election by impeding the USPS have abounded in the leftist Twitterverse.
One tweet ended up going viral after claiming that Trump is responsible for masses of USPS letter collection blue boxes being destroyed:
🚨Please share this picture far and wide. Trump is trying to steal the election. He is gutting the USPS to make it difficult for people to vote by mail. Here in Oregon, that’s our only option. This demands attention! @OregonGovBrown pic.twitter.com/JSsmA0FTzY
— Mark Ⴟ Delaney (@markdelaneysays) August 9, 2020
While some responded and argued that the box was removed due to tampering, the USPS clarified that certain boxes were being removed if there was too great a concentration of them in one area.
Others, however, have pointed out that the removal of blue boxes en masse is hardly a new phenomenon that can be blamed on President Trump:
Turns out the Washington Post uncovered the Great Mailbox Conspiracy ELEVEN YEARS AGO!
2009: "…half of the blue boxes in the Washington area have disappeared in the last nine years, and 200,000 nationwide have been plucked up in the last 20 years, leaving 175,000 total." pic.twitter.com/oLYV8rbEYn
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) August 16, 2020
As we reported earlier this month, mail-in voting is already fraught with issues notwithstanding a reduction in blue boxes. In Virginia, a key swing state, over half a million incorrect applications for absentee ballots were mistakenly sent to “dead voters, errant relatives, and even a pet.”
Meanwhile, in the election battleground of Nevada, over 200 thousand mail-in primary ballots were sent to the wrong address.
Of course, if folks can gather in the hundreds to descend on the postmaster general’s home, chances are they can stop off at their polling place as well.
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