Recently, a Republican-dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a state election had to be held in spite of the danger to voters coming to the polls during a pandemic. The result was voter outrage, which led to an upset win for the Democrat running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Republicans are in serious danger of igniting the same voter outrage nationally by allowing the Trump administration to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service in order to seed chaos and doubt into the national election.
Trump appointed Louis DeJoy as the postmaster general in June, and he has already succeeded in slowing mail service. I know that since he has taken office, I have received mail as late as 8 p.m. or not at all on some days. But the overall threat this poses to our national election in November is frightening.
Trump is trying to delegitimize the national election by claiming late-counted mail-in votes are fraudulent while at the same time having his appointed postmaster minion gum up the mail delivery system to make it impossible to vote by mail on a timely basis.
Republican representatives and senators need to pressure Trump to change this and make the Postal Service functional on a day-to-day basis again.
Otherwise, they need to understand that they will be held accountable in the November election and the anticipated blue wave may become a tidal wave, sweeping out all traces of their power.
Michael Budig, Salt Lake City