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Top conservative podcaster and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino ripped pop star Taylor Swift after she tweeted out a conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump is attempting to stymie the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the 2020 election.
“Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He is WELL AWARE that we do not want him as our president. He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power,” Swift tweeted on Saturday.
“‘We’ do not want him? Speak for yourself and your ignorant, elitist, pampered friends,” Bongino fired back.
“Don’t mistake your obvious musical talents for an ability to decipher how working Americans feel. You don’t know s**t,” he continued.
Other users echoed Bongino’s sentiments.
Some folks are just programmed to regurgitate propaganda.
— Claston Bernard (@ClastonB) August 15, 2020
Swift reminds me of Cher, Commenting on things she doesn’t have the ability to understand.
— Kendall (@KendallMigues) August 15, 2020
I wish I gave a damn to know the words of one of her songs to insult her with.
— 🇺🇸 Misplaced_on_left_coast 🇺🇸 (@sandiegotarheel) August 15, 2020
She is clueless. There is no dismantling of the post office. My husband is a mail carrier and the new PMG is trying to stop waste and promote proficiency. Most people commenting have no idea what is involved. Ask a mail carrier.
— Elaine Belew (@lb1427) August 15, 2020
Swift was repeating a now-well-worn Democrat conspiracy that the Trump administration is attempting to sabotage the Postal Service in order to disrupt mail-in balloting so he can then claim vote fraud and ‘steal’ the election from presumptive rival Joe Biden.
In fact, there are already problems with mail-in balloting. In late July, CBS News conducted an experiment in which 100 sample ‘ballots’ were mailed at various locations around Philadelphia, but all addressed to the same post office box in the city.
CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil reported that three of the 100 sample ballots never made it to the post office box for a ‘failure’ rate of 3 percent.
“Out of the initial batch mailed a week earlier, 97 out of 100 votes had arrived. Three simulated persons, or 3% of voters, were effectively disenfranchised by mail by giving their ballots a week to arrive…Four days after mailing the second batch of mock ballots, 21% of the votes hadn’t arrived,” CBS News explained.
Part of the problem is that the Postal Service is bleeding money and has been for years. Between 2007 and 2018, the USPS lost $69 billion, according to a Government Accountability Office report which described the service’s financial position as “unsustainable.”
“Our financial position is dire, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, a broken business model and a management strategy that has not adequately addressed these issues,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said during opening remarks at the USPS board of governors’ Aug. 7 open session.
As such, he has attempted to streamline operations — both to save money and to make the best use of his available resources ahead of the election when the Postal Service is expected to become inundated with mail-in ballots that others have warned will be a disaster.
Earlier this month, Ari Fleischer, White House spokesman during the Bush administration, warned that if 11 states and the District of Columbia go through with plans to rely primarily on mail-in ballots for the November election, they are “risking doing harm to the integrity of the election if things go wrong.”
Specifically, he pointed to a June 23 primary in New York that, weeks later, a winner still had not been declared and some 25 percent of ballots were rejected — compared to an average rate of about 1 percent — thanks to the state’s commander-in-chief.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo had tried to make the process easier by sending postage-paid envelopes with all requested ballots. But that ended up backfiring,” NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden reported.
“Because to be counted, ballots need to be postmarked with a date. Something the post office doesn’t usually do for prepaid metered mail. So those ballots, thousands of them, were not counted.”
And earlier this week, the Postal Service warned — as more states push for mail-in balloting — that it can’t guarantee timely delivery and processing in 46 states.
Thus, after years of mismanagement, changes in mail habits among Americans, and epic financial losses that left the Postal Service on the brink of insolvency and little choice but to cut back on resources and staff, it must now handle a massive influx of mail-in ballots that could decide the outcome of a presidential election and several key House and Senate races.
And yet, long-serving Democrats who are aware of the Postal Service’s shortcomings continue to push for an expansion of mail-in ballots at a time when the agency is least able to handle the influx.
In this context, Swift’s conspiratorial claim that Trump is working to stifle the mail-in vote makes little sense.
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