When Obama Postmaster Closed Facilities During 2012 Election, Democrats Sang Different Tune

After the discredited cries of Russia collusion and Ukrainian aid interference, Democrats in Washington have sounded a new alarm that President Trump and his new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy may be trying to thwart mail-in balloting in the November election by cutting costs at the postal service.

DeJoy has assured lawmakers he has delayed his reform plans until after the election to ensure voters aren’t impacted. But Democrats have continued to harp on the idea that Trump is engaged in a conspiracy to suppress ballots.

“What you are witnessing is a president of the United States who is doing everything he can to suppress the vote, make it harder for people to engage in mail-in balloting at a time when people will be putting their lives on the line by having to go out to a polling station and vote,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told NBC’s Meet the Press earlier this month. “This is a crisis for American democracy. We have got to act and act now.”

Interestingly enough, Sanders saw no similar conspiracy in 2012 when President Barack Obama’s Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe proposed closing as many as 223 mail processing facilities and eliminating thousands of postal jobs.

To be fair, Sanders and 26 of his Senate Democratic colleagues strongly opposed Donahue’s cutbacks, asking for a delay and congressional oversight. But in their letter, they didn’t once mention concerns about mail ballots or elections, instead focusing on lost jobs for unionized postal workers and inconvenience for rural customers. (Read more from “When Obama Postmaster Closed Facilities During 2012 Election, Democrats Sang Different Tune” HERE)

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