USPS gives $5m contract to Postmaster General DeJoy’s former companyPosted by Thomas Bush / October 25, 2020
The United States Post Office has awarded a $5m contract to Postmaster General DeJoy’s former company, which an ethicist might call “not great.”
If this feels like the Post Office has become the pawn of a corrupt man, you’re wrong. It’s the pawn of two corrupt men, DeJoy and Trump. Despite multiple court orders, the Post Office has not undone the slowdown measures instituted by Postmaster General DeJoy. As a result, a federal judge has ordered the Post Office to restore all of their high-speed sorting machines.
Trump and his supporters’ attempt to dismantle the post office began two months ago. Internal documents showed that the USPS aimed to remove nearly 700 high-speed sorting machines. The USPS removed mailboxes in Oregon. Trump has openly admitted that he’s trying to limit mail-in voting, citing his usual unsupported claims of voter fraud. Louis DeJoy also sacked key Post Office officials and is threatening to cut spending dramatically, which would prove disastrous for the 2020 election. Postal service workers are supporting Biden.
But watchdog groups are keeping a close eye on the Post Office, and that seems to be helping. After an incredible amount of backlash following their removal of mailboxes in Oregon, the USPS has stopped removing mailboxes. So keep the pressure up if you’re concerned about the post office. Buy a book of stamps! If half of all Americans bought stamps the USPS would be in great shape.
This isn’t the only non-traditional move made by the Trump campaign. Kayne West’s allegedly Independent presidential run is be a strategy to siphon off black voters from the Democratic party and help Donald Trump. That may sound crazy at first, but consider the fact that key Republican operatives are pushing Kanye to run and helping manage his campaign. At least 6 such operatives have been identified so far.
Also, according to a recent Washington Post article, the Trump campaign actively courted the online conspiracy community QAnon in the lead-up to the 2020 election, which makes an alarming combination.
Twitter has banned 7,000 accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, all of whom have violated the site’s policy on harassment. Twitter will also limit the spread of QAnon-related misinformation, which is expected to impact another 150,000 users. Unfortunately, QAnon conspiracists believe that big companies like Twitter are already part of a conspiracy against freedom, so this is basically guaranteed to go poorly.
As Trump’s polling numbers get worse and as his campaign drags, he’s looking for ways to stay in office…and none of them are legal. In a recent tweet, he floated the idea of postponing the November election, which of course he cannot do. Such an obvious move may actually be a smokescreen for another way he can sabotage the election in his favor: interfering with mail-in ballots by effectively shutting down the Post Office.