Trump said Thursday that he does not want to fund the U.S. Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the agency.
Trump has railed against mail-in balloting for months, and at a White House briefing Wednesday, he argued without any evidence that the Postal Service’s enlarged role in the November election would perpetuate “one of the greatest frauds in history.”
In remarks Thursday morning, Trump even went so far as to blame Democrats for their efforts to make it easier for Americans to vote amid the pandemic. It is already well known that Trump fears that the more people who vote the less likely it is he will win.
Joe Biden criticized Trump’s statement, saying Trump was “sabotaging a basic service that hundreds of millions of people rely upon.”
“This is an assault on our democracy and economy by a desperate man who’s terrified that the American people will force him to confront what he’s done everything in his power to escape for months — responsibility for his own actions,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday rebuffed the Republican Party and allowed a consent decree to go forward so that Rhode Island voters could cast mail-in ballots without in-person witness verification during the coronavirus pandemic