Statement from Jana Morgan, Director of the Declaration for American Democracy – a coalition of over 160 organizations from the labor, racial justice, voting rights, faith, environmental, women’s rights, good government, and many other important communities – in response to President Trump’s comments on Fox News today that he’s holding back USPS funding to suppress the vote:
“President Trump made clear today that he is intentionally sabotaging the US Post Office and blocking election funding to suppress Americans’ votes. This act is a disgrace and a stain on our democracy.
“Ensuring Americans have the ability to vote-by-mail is about ensuring all voters can participate in our democracy, Republicans and Democrats alike. Any effort to suppress the vote, particularly for Black, Latinx, Native communities, and other communities of color, who have long been systematically disenfranchised, is shameful by any measure, but especially from the President of the United States. We are in a pandemic that has killed more than 160,000 Americans to date. Voters must have a way to exercise their constitutional right to vote that doesn’t require putting their and their loved ones’ health at risk, and that includes universal vote-by-mail.
“All eyes are now on Senate Republicans. We call on Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans to make the right move. Stop enabling President Trump and immediately pass $3.6 billion in safe election funding and reforms, in addition to the $25 billion needed to keep the Post Office up and running.
“We look forward to a day when everyone’s right to vote is held sacred, our key democratic institutions are supported and thriving, and those who stood in the way are held accountable.”