Former President Barack Obama attacked President Trump after declaring he was against funding the United States Postal Service to prevent a surge in postal ballots that could make it harder for him to win the November election.
In a tweet on Friday morning (Aug. 14), Obama accused the Trump administration of viewing seniors and others who depend on the US Postal Service as "collateral damage" in its vote manipulation efforts.
During an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said he was opposed to two aid packages that are pushing Democrats in Congress but have stalled. Without money, the postal service would not be able to handle the surge in postal ballots from voters who want to avoid polling stations to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading further.
"Now they need this money to make the post office work, so that all these billions and billions of ballots are needed," Trump said. "If we don't make a deal now, it means they won't get the money. That means they can't have universal mail-in voting, they just can't have it."
Trump has said for several weeks that he believes postal ballot papers could lead to election fraud. His campaign has joined a lawsuit against two Democratic-electoral counties in Iowa to invalidate many thousands of postal votes, according to the Associated Press. The campaign has also made legal efforts to change the way Pennsylvania processes mail-in ballots, the AP reported.
Because of such actions, Obama is warning voters in states where early voting is now possible.
Ironically, the US Postal Service (USPS) sent letters to 46 states and DC – including several major battlefield states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida – declaring that despite its ability to handle a spate of mail in the past, particularly in The holidays cannot guarantee that all ballot papers submitted by post will arrive in time to be counted for the November 3rd election. According to the Washington Post, the slowness of the USPS can invalidate their votes even if voters obey all rules and submit their postal ballot papers on time. Postal officials blame cost reductions, a lack of sorting machines and a change in leadership as some of the reasons for the current and potential slowdown. The main solution and advice touted by voting supporters and even former President Obama is for voters to apply for or cast ballots before their state's deadline.
Suspected Democratic candidate Joe Biden called it "sheer trump card" when he heard of his opponent's stance on mail-in votes.
"He doesn't want a choice," Biden told reporters.