LA Times Editorial: Trump’s Attack On The Postal Service Is Akin To Terrorism

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"Such an attack would be an obvious strategy of a terrorist group or a foreign adversary."

The Los Angeles Times editorial board blasted President Donald Trump’s attempts to undermine the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the 2020 election, writing on Tuesday that “Such an attack would be an obvious strategy of a terrorist group or a foreign adversary,” but “also appears to be the strategy of the president of the United States.”

  • The board noted that Trump’s disdain for the Postal Service is due in part to the fact that it is not a money-making business, while noting that the government service “should no more be expected to produce profits than, say, the Food and Drug Administration.”
  • Trump also dislikes the Postal Service “because it delivers packages for Amazon, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which is critical of Trump in its coverage.”
  • But of primary concern, the board wrote, is “Trump’s constant harangue against voting by mail, which he says — without evidence — is a hotbed of fraud.”
  • As many states gear up to conduct their balloting by mail in November, “making sure the Postal Service has a hard time delivering election-related material in a timely fashion — or even appearing to do so — gives him ammunition to attack the validity of election results that don’t go his way.”
  • “In June, the all-Trump-appointed U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors selected major Republican Party fundraiser Louis DeJoy to lead the agency as postmaster general,” the board noted. “In the weeks since, DeJoy has put in place cost-cutting policies that he says are meant to stem financial losses, but that Democrats and other critics say may result in post office closures and slower and less reliable delivery service just as the election approaches.”
  • The Postal Service “predates the nation’s independence and is recognized by the Constitution. It’s a publicly held resource that serves every American and binds the nation together,” the board wrote, adding: “No wonder Trump dislikes it.”

In the midst of “suffering from a series of self-inflicted wounds, the most obvious of which is its inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the country needs “a shot of confidence in its most basic process, voting, to shore up the integrity of its most basic value, democracy.”

That coincides with the nation’s interest in keeping the Postal Service intact and its service reliable. Unfortunately it does not coincide with the interests of the nation’s adversaries. Or its current president.

Read the full editorial.

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