Taylor Swift Accuses Trump of “Destroying Our Right to Vote Safely” with Postal Service Budget Cuts
August 16, 2020 By: Ben Abrams
Taylor Swift is once again making headlines with her latest Twitter rant against President Donald Trump. On Saturday (Aug 15) Swift tweeted about President’s Trump’s proposed rejection of a $25 billion emergency funding grant to help the USPS stay afloat while intentionally sabotaging mail-in voting.
“Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He is WELL AWARE that we do not want him as our president,” Swift wrote on Twitter. “He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power.”
The 30-year-old pop singer went on to accuse Trump of “ineffective leadership” that made the coronavirus crisis worse and now he wants to take “advantage of it to subvert and destroy our right to vote and vote safely.”
Swift ended things with “Vote early.”
Swift, who aligns herself with the Democratic party, has become increasingly vocal on her political views and thoughts on Donald Trump as President. The USPS had already begun pulling hundreds of mail sorting machines and possibly removing drop-off boxes around the nation, creating hurdles for USPS workers to sort and deliver voters’ mail-in ballots in time. After tons of scrutiny, Trump said he would sign a bill that included urgent funds for the service.
The lack of USPS funding would devastate 100,000 US military veterans and over half a million post office employees. The Postal Service is a government agency that operates entirely off of revenues from mail and package delivery as well as the other services it offers.
The Postal Service has projected that it will run out of money by April 2021 if package volume returns to pre-pandemic levels or by October 2021 if package volume stays at 15% above pre-pandemic levels, as reported by Federal News Network.
“On any given day, the Postal Service delivers more than 425 million pieces of mail, and our best estimates are that election mail will account for less than 2% of all mail volume from mid-September until Election Day,” USPS executives David Williams and Thomas Marshall wrote in USA Today.
“Given our available processing capacity, we can easily handle the anticipated increase in election mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, without impact to on-time performance.”