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In the 2020 presidential campaign, as the pandemic guaranteed a record number of mail-in ballots, former President Donald Trump worked tirelessly to sow doubt and distrust in the centuries-old institution of voting by mail.
Trump falsely claimed the system was rife with fraud and challenged any state's attempt to loosen restrictions on voting by mail during a pandemic.
A key component of this effort was Postmaster Louis DeJoy, a longtime Republican governor who donated $700 thousand to Trump's 2017 inauguration. DeJoy was appointed by the United States Postal Services' Board of Governors in June of 2020, despite having no postal experience.
Under DeJoy, the Postal Service (USPS) saw decreased reliability, especially when it came to mail-in ballots. USPS data found poor rates of ballot deliveries in key swing states ahead of the 2020 election, prompting some to accuse DeJoy of deliberately sabotaging the USPS in order to swing the election for Trump.
Now, DeJoy is once again facing national scrutiny after the USPS warned of imminent slower delivery times and temporary price increases as part of DeJoy's 10 year service plan, announced in March, which saw a substantial withdrawal of consumer services provided by the USPS.
The changes will permanently widen delivery windows for first class package and—during the holiday season—increase prices on domestic package service.
Unfortunately, President Joe Biden has no legal way of directly firing DeJoy, as that prerogative belongs to the independent Postal Service Board of Governors that appointed him.
Nevertheless, people are calling for DeJoy's removal.
Just a reminder that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy doesn't want to fix the USPS, he wants to destroy it. That's w… https://t.co/BJoxImAaeB— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1632886358.0
It's outrageous. I understand it takes board action. Change the board. This part does not have to be like taking a criminal case to court. Maybe it should be but just #gethimout
— Betty (@parkerspolitics) September 28, 2021
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy STILL hasn't been fired yet. Remove him before he permanently damages our mail delivery system.— Really American 🇺🇸 (@Really American 🇺🇸) 1632874120.0
Why is Dejoy still employed with USPS? #USPS delivery to slow and holiday season prices will increase https://t.co/d95bkKbZle— Barbara Infanger (@Barbara Infanger) 1632884367.0
For God's sake... Take DeJoy out of the Post Office! USPS mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and tem… https://t.co/Oe2APxCcfw— Herbert (@Herbert) 1632859146.0
They accused him of working to enrich himself at the expense of the Postal Service.
Louis DeJoy earned millions from companies that directly compete with the USPS and he’s being investigated by the F… https://t.co/siMICmDVIT— Heather Gardner (@Heather Gardner) 1632925392.0
Louis DeJoy makes money from USPS competitors. He is hurting all of us to enrich himself. Louis DeJoy and his coll… https://t.co/2Ha9qeUj6x— Dr. Alex Wild (@Dr. Alex Wild) 1632876126.0
DeJoy is reportedly under criminal investigation for campaign finance violations.