Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on Tuesday questioning whether President Trump and other Republicans are “slowing mail delivery” to complicate a potential mail-in ballot system for the November election.
“I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slowing mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall. Request your ballots and return them as early as you can,” she wrote.
I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slowing mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall. Request your ballots and return them as early as you can. https://t.co/LZONq8EPKE
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 4, 2020
While some took Clinton’s tweet as a serious call to action, others pointed out that she makes a case for what Trump and others have claimed about mail fraud and voting in person all along.
“The media has spent weeks pushing the narrative that mail-in voting is the bee’s knees and Hillary goes and blows it all up by tweeting that mail-in voting is ripe for fraud 😂,” wrote one Twitter user in response.
“I fear Democrat sabotage of the election, including colluding with foreign agents to collect and distribute false information to media co-conspirators in order to weaponize our law enforcement & intell communities to spy on Republicans. Wait, she already did that. 👇🏻,” commentator Dan Bongino concluded.
“Voting in person sounds good,” another agreed.
Voting in person sounds good. https://t.co/yzL3QJBR2U
— Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) August 4, 2020
Clinton isn’t the only person with this stance. Former President Obama also asserted that Trump is using “surgical precision” in “undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also claimed that Republicans’ potential failure to pass a bill bailing out the long-bankrupt U.S. Postal Service means they want to “diminish the capacity of the Postal System to work in a timely fashion.”
Despite recent criticism by Democrats, USPS spokesman David Partenheimer assured The New York Times that USPS has “ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general since May, also added that he has implemented changes such as eliminating overtime to “improve operational efficiency” and to “ensure that we meet our service standards.”
Since the beginnings of the coronavirus shutdowns, President Trump criticized mail-in voting, saying that the potential for “fraud and abuse” could “lead to the end of our great Republican party.”
“MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION. BIG MAIL-IN VICTORY IN TEXAS COURT TODAY. CONGRATS!!!,” he tweeted in May.
“RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!,” he said in another tweet in June.
“Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION,” Trump added in July.