Obama accuses Trump of trying to ‘kneecap’ U.S. Postal Service

It’s getting hot out there and even Barack Obama is losing it.

The former president accused President Donald Trump of trying to “kneecap” the United States Postal Service on Friday during an interview Friday with Democratic operative David Plouffe, his former campaign manager, The Hill reported.

The former president has been speaking out more harshly against his successor as the 2020 election approaches. Both Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are working to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign.

“Unheard of”

Obama began by claiming that the Republican Party “for quite some time has actively tried to discourage people’s votes from counting in all kinds of ways, whether it’s voter ID laws or blatant gerrymandering, [or] making it difficult for people in certain precincts to find their polling places.”

Without supporting the veracity of this claim — which is obviously false — Obama went on to argue that President Trump is engaged in a new kind of voter suppression.

“What we’ve never seen before is a president say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the Postal Service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it,’” Obama said.

“That’s sort of unheard of, right?” Obama asked.

Context

Obama made these remarks the day after President Trump stated that he is against giving more money to the USPS in the next coronavirus relief package. Trump argued that Democrats want it in order to facilitate mail-in voting for the November election, which he opposes due to concerns about voting fraud.

“They want $25 billion for the post office,” Trump said on Thursday, referring to the Democrats. “Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”

The president continued: “Now in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”

Obama disagrees

Besides the claim that Trump, by denying funds to the USPS, is suppressing the vote, Obama, in Friday’s interview, took issue with Trump’s reasoning, arguing that the post office is necessary for more than just mail-in voting.

“The post office is not simply a delivery system for mail-in ballots,” Obama said. “The post office sends out critical benefits: Social Security benefits, veteran’s benefits, disability benefits. The post office helps veterans get prescription drugs filled.”

What Obama didn’t address, however — at least not head on — was President Trump’s concern about mail-in voting and voter fraud. That’s because Democrats like Obama deny this reality. To them, any idea that mail-in voting could lead to voter fraud is “misinformation.”

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