Bernie Sanders is “deeply concerned” over the future of the United States Postal Service.
It comes about after negotiations for increased spending on mail-in voting – to account for an increased demand during the pandemic – broke down in recent days.
The Democratic senator blasted Donald Trump’s recent statement that the funding issues with the postal service are the fault of the Democrats not willing to compromise.
Trump claimed at a recent press conference:
You are going to have a catastrophic situation with universal mail-in votes and and on top of it, the Democrats aren’t willing to give the people the money and the post office the money.
After Sanders watched the moment during a TV interview with ABC News, he shot back:
Look, you’ve got a pathological liar in the White House, which is one of many reasons why he has to be defeated.
(Side note: According to a recent Washington Post report, over the course of Trump's presidency, he has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims. Trump also recently refused to answer a journalist's question about whether he "regrets all the lying".)
Sanders refuted the point that there’s currently a stalemate on the funding issue between Democrats and Republicans.
He then added:
I am deeply, deeply concerned about Trump's effort to undermine American democracy by defunding the postal service.
Just a few days ago, Trump said in a press conference:
[The Democrats] are not going to do a deal that’s good for the American people, therefore they’re not gonna get the $3.5 billion [for mail-in voting funding]. Therefore, they can’t do the universal mail-in vote. It’s very simple.
Sanders urged the POTUS to do something about it – and quick:
We’re in a pandemic now, Mr President, and people shouldn’t have to put their lives on the line and get sick and maybe die, in order to cast a vote. Of course we need mail-in votes.
Trump apparently believes that a low turnout will work for him and he wants to discourage people from voting – from mail-in ballots – because he thinks it’ll work to his favour.
That is pathetic. That is not what a president of the United States should be doing.