Sanders on Trump’s Opposition to Postal Service Funding: He ‘May Be Crazy, but He’s Not Stupid’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized President Donald Trump over his apparent opposition to mail-in voting and funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) ahead of the upcoming general election.

Sanders appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 369” Thursday, where he offered his take on Trump and the USPS.

According to Sanders, Trump “may be crazy, but he’s not stupid” as he noted the polls which signal a decline in support amid the pandemic and economic problems plaguing the country.

“What this is about is not complicated. Trump may be crazy, but he’s not stupid. And he looks at polling. He is behind,” Sanders said. “And I think what he and his friends believe [is] that if they can suppress the vote — make it harder for people to vote — they have a better chance to win the election.”

See Sanders’ remarks below (starting at 4:15):

Sanders’ appearance on CNN came just hours after Trump’s interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, as previously reported on IJR.

During that interview, the president claimed Democratic lawmakers were demanding $25 billion to bail out the postal service.

“They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said during the interview. “Now in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”

He continued, “Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting,” adding, “They just can’t have it. So, you know, sort of a crazy thing.”

In response to Trump’s remarks, Sanders fired back via Twitter as he vowed that Democrats would not stand for “a blatant attempt at mass voter suppression.”

“Today on Fox, Trump made it clear that his effort to defund the Postal Service is a blatant attempt at mass voter suppression,” Sanders tweeted.

He continued, “No, Mr. President. We won’t let you sabotage the election. This is a democracy, not a damn dictatorship. Your reign of authoritarianism will soon end.”

Responses

  1. “What’s he going to ponder next, before a Fox or OAN interviewer? Assassinations?” Delbert

    Right-winger nutjobs already practice this. It is called “stochastic terrorism”. Make a reference to someone that you don’t like; later, hint at attacking them; step 3 – let the hounds lose. Deniability. “Wasn’t me. I didn’t say to attack them!”

    No, but you made it happen anyway.

  2. “If you can find your way to a supermarket of fast food joint it’s too much trouble to do so for voting?” I Ching

    Yes. In THIS country, yes, because the American Fascists know that if they make it difficult enough for everyone to vote, more fascist politicians can win their elections. That is just ONE of the reasons why they/you are so dangerous.

  3. So… why the sudden push for “mail-in”? Last chance to cheat?

    Even Fauci says in-person is fine with suitable precautions.

    “but it will take longer”. How badly do you want to exercise your rights? Hmm? If you can find your way to a supermarket of fast food joint it’s too much trouble to do so for voting?

  4. What’s so dazzling about it is that he says this stuff right out loud, on TV. If you’re going to sabotage the Post Office so that your opponent’s votes can’t get counted, to say so sounds really wrong. What’s he going to ponder next, before a Fox or OAN interviewer? Assassinations?

  5. “And he looks at polling. He is behind.” Bernie Sanders

    As crazy as things have been since 2016, King Donald The Loser is close to being within the margin of error and winning again. A 3rd of this nation are out of their friggin’ minds.

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