In a series of tweets and appearance on the podcast of David Plouffe, former President Obama accused President Trump of trying to undermine the election and trying to explicitly discourage people from voting.
Obama tweeted Friday morning:
Everyone depends on the USPS. Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.
I talked to @davidplouffe about these attempts to undermine the election, what’s at stake right now, and why we have to do everything we can to elect @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.
If you’re in a state where you have the option to vote early, do that now. The more votes in early, the less likely you’re going to see a last minute crunch, both at polling places and in states where mail-in ballots are permitted. Then tell everyone you know.
During his appearance on Plouffe’s podcast, Obama said “What we’ve seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a President who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting. Usually, the Republican Party for quite some has actively tried to discourage people’s votes from counting in all kinds of ways, whether its voter ID laws or blatant gerrymandering, making it difficult for people in certain precincts to find their polling places.”
He continued “All that stuff is contrary to American democracy, but I think the Republicans view has been it’s all fair game as long as it helps us gain power. What we’ve never seen before is a President say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.’ that is sort of unheard of.”
“You now have the President throwing in this additional monkey wrench trying to starve the postal service.” Obama added.