Flanked by their allies in the media, Democrats have jumped headfirst into a new anti-Trump conspiracy theory that accuses the president and his newly-appointed postmaster general of deliberately working to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in an attempt to undermine the upcoming election.
Now, according to Business Insider, this belief has apparently prompted Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to demand that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy bow to their every whim, including agreeing to be subpoenaed to testify in hearings — and some have even called for DeJoy to resign or be arrested if he fails to comply with such demands.
Democrats target DeJoy
DeJoy, a businessman and Republican donor, was specifically appointed by President Donald Trump to oversee a much-needed overhaul and reform of the USPS that has struggled for years with inefficiency and fiscal losses.
Critics insist, however, that his actions are less about straightening out the perpetually failing USPS and more about purposefully weakening it just prior to an election in which there will be a heavy reliance on absentee and mail-in ballots due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In support of their position, DeJoy’s detractors point to reports regarding allegations of taking mail-processing machines offline, removing public collection boxes, and slowdowns in delivery to certain areas.
Business Insider reported that the heated criticism of DeJoy and Trump over the supposed USPS crisis has prompted Pelosi to consider calling the House back early from its month-long August recess in order to hold hearings on the issue and even pass bills prohibiting any further changes by the postmaster general.
This sudden targeting of DeJoy has also resulted in angry mobs haranguing him at his Washington, D.C. home, according to reports, and prompted calls for his immediate resignation from some, including prominent anti-Trump conspiracy theorist Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Schiff tweeted on Saturday: “The Postmaster General must resign. He’s slowed delivery, banned overtime [and] decommissioned mail-sorting machines. Right before the election. During a pandemic. The House must demand answers. Hearings should start now. It can’t wait. We won’t let Trump destroy the Post Office.”
Going even a step further than Schiff was Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who told Nashville’s WTVF that DeJoy must be immediately subpoenaed to testify before Congress and should be arrested and forced to do so if he refuses to cooperate.
“If need be, we could even have the Sergeant at Arms arrest the Postmaster General,” Cooper told the news outlet. “This is completely outrageous conduct to dismantle the Post Office right in such a crucial time in American history.”
For what it is worth, President Trump defended DeJoy during a press conference Saturday as a “brilliant business person” who has his full backing and confidence to oversee the long-overdue streamlining of the nation’s mail delivery service. Trump further insisted that he was unaware of exactly what sort of actions DeJoy had taken in that regard since being appointed.
“The steps that he is taking are trying to stop the tremendous losses that have taken place for many, many years,” Trump declared, according to a White House transcript. “He’s trying to streamline the Post Office and make it great again. Okay?”