Al Gore: By Tampering with the Postal Service, Trump Is ‘Putting His Knee on the Neck of American Democracy’

Al Gore: By Tampering with the Postal Service, Trump Is ‘Putting His Knee on the Neck of American Democracy’


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Janet Ybarra
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Former vice president Al Gore likened Donald Trump’s botched attempts to wreck the US Postal Service so as to try to thwart mail-in balloting to the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis Minn., police custody.

Trump, working in concert with his hand-picked postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, had been undertaking a brazen campaign to force slowdowns and problems with the Postal Service such as deliberately pulling mail-sorting machinery from post offices and even familiar blue mailboxes from American streets to discourage the mail-in ballots which are assumed to help carry Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, to victory in November.

Biden’s been consistently leading both nationally and state-by-state polling for some time now.

The use of mail-in ballots this year is particularly crucial due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

But the outcry against these postal shenanigans was so great that DeJoy had to publicly reverse course Tuesday under the threat of lawsuits by state attorneys general.

“And on the Postal Service, this is an act of desperation, and Americans understand, Anderson, that during a pandemic there are lots of older voters and voters of all ages with a pre-existing condition who worry that they can’t breathe safely standing in line to vote,” Gore said in an on-air interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper. “So in effect, by tampering with the Postal Service, he is in effect putting his knee on the neck of American democracy and trying to make it impossible for people to vote by mail.

“And they may react the way they did in Wisconsin when the governor there tried to do a similar thing and it made people mad. I think this Democratic ticket is going to be showcased this week in a spectacular way,” added Gore, who himself conceded in a painfully close presidential election in 2000 against Republican George W Bush which ultimately was decided by a Supreme Court decision.

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