Bernie Sanders says Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has ruined Christmas in Vermont: Senator tears into the ‘disastrous’ and ‘slow’ postal service for failing to deliver presents on time and preventing the elderly from getting life-saving medicine
- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is not bringing any to Sen. Bernie Sanders ‘ world
- The Vermont progressive sent out a statement Thursday urging President Joe Biden to ask for DeJoy’s ‘immediate resignation’
- He blasted the Trump appointee and donor for his ‘disastrous’ plan to ‘slow down mail delivery,’ claiming he’s trying to ‘sabotage’ the U.S. Postal Service
- Sanders said that ‘millions of people in Vermont and throughout the country not getting their Christmas presents delivered on time’
- He also feared that vulnerable seniors weren’t getting their prescriptions in a timely manner and DeJoy could trip up the Biden plan to mail out COVID tests
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is not bringing any to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ world.
The Vermont progressive sent out a statement Thursday urging President Joe Biden to ask for DeJoy’s ‘immediate resignation,’ blasting the appointee and donor of former President Donald Trump for his ‘disastrous’ plan to ‘slow down mail delivery,’ claiming he’s trying to ‘sabotage’ the U.S. Postal Service.
‘Not only are millions of people in Vermont and throughout the country not getting their Christmas presents delivered on time, senior citizens have experienced massive delays in receiving the lifesaving prescription drugs they desperately need and working families have been forced to pay late fees because it is taking much longer than normal for the Postal Service to mail their bills,’ Sanders complained.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is not bringing any to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (pictured) world
The Vermont senator applauded Biden’s decision to start sending out at-home COVID tests to Americans who want them next month, but said he feared DeJoy’s U.S. Postal Service would slow the effort down.
‘But, given the deterioration of the postal service under Mr. DeJoy, how can anyone have confidence that these life-saving tests will be delivered to the American people in a timely and efficient manner?’ Sander asked. ‘I think the obvious answer to that question is they cannot.’
DeJoy was appointed postmaster general in May 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and in the run-up to the 2020 election, where an unprecedented number of voters cast mail-in ballots.
He had no prior experience at the U.S. Postal Service, but was a top Republican donor.
DeJoy instituted a 10-year plan – which he said was an effort to cut costs – that eliminated overtime, removed collection boxes and decommissioned a number of high-speed mail sorting machines.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is an appointee and donor of former President Donald Trump
It’s resulted in mail delays.
‘Since Mr. DeJoy was handpicked by President Trump to serve as Postmaster General in May of 2020, the quality of the Postal Service has been severely undermined,’ Sanders said in his Thursday statement.
‘Tragically, the situation has only gotten worse since Mr. DeJoy began implementing his disastrous 10-year plan to substantially slow down mail delivery, cut back on post office hours, shut down mail processing plants, and dismantle mail sorting machines,’ Sanders continued.
The Vermont progressive also railed against DeJoy’s ‘dozen major conflicts of interest,’ as the postmaster general didn’t divest from companies that do business with USPS.
On Thursday, however, the Federal Election Commission dismissed two complaints against DeJoy regarding alleged illegal political fundraising.
Sanders said DeJoy was the ‘worst Postmaster General in the modern history of America.’
Biden can’t legally directly fire DeJoy. The U.S. Postal Service’s governing board would have to vote to do it.
In November, Biden announced he planned to nominate two officials to the board to replace two of DeJoy’s allies, making it more possible the postmaster general might get the boot.