It has been clear for some time that Donald Trump is gunning to destroy the US Postal Service. As with so many of his obsessions, it is hard to find a rational basis for them. Among other things he seems to think, against all the evidence, that the USPS gives preferential treatment to Amazon and he is angry because Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos who also owns the Washington Post that Trump regularly castigates as part of the news network arrayed against him.
He and his fellow Republicans also seem to think that by gutting the USPS, they can hinder mail-in voting and why they want to do this is strange. This push seems to be part of an unshakeable belief by Trump and the Republicans that more people voting is bad for them while fewer people voting is good for them. Hence their attempts to make voting difficult by reducing the number of polling stations, reducing voting hours, requiring burdensome measures to prove eligibility, etc. because the people who get discouraged will be mostly Democratic voters.
That may be true for voting in general since older, more affluent voters tend to be more reliable voters, but in the case of mail-in voting there is no evidence for it and a plausible case can be made that Republican voters might be affected more. This is because voting by mail requires advance planning in getting the ballot, filling it in, and returning it, and dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s properly so that it is not invalidated. In general, older, more affluent voters are the ones who take advantage of this option and this is Trump’s demographic.
What is astonishing is that Trump is now openly admitting that his opposition to funding the USPS is because he wants to prevent mail-in voting. The lackey that he has appointed as postmaster general seems to be working from within to sabotage the process by, for example, removing many mail sorting machines that speed up delivery.
Seth Meyers looks ta Trump’s war on the USPS.