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Hillary Clinton warns ‘sabotaging’ USPS to make mail-in voting harder may be Trump’s reelection plan

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Hillary Clinton has warned that ‘Republican sabotage’ of the United States Postal Service, including slow mail delivery times, is a strategy for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

When sharing a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton speculated that the ‘sabotage’ of USPS is a strategy by Donald Trump to make voting by mail ‘more difficult’ and aid his reelection.

The article she shared on Twitter detailed Philadelphia residents’s anger over mail delays and USPS staffing cuts, leaving the postal service short-staffed. 

Hillary Clinton has warned that the 'sabotage' of USPS, including slow mail delivery, is a strategy by Donald Trump to make mail-in voting more difficult and aid his reelection

Hillary Clinton has warned that the ‘sabotage’ of USPS, including slow mail delivery, is a strategy by Donald Trump to make mail-in voting more difficult and aid his reelection

On Twitter, Hillary Clinton urged urged voters to request and return their ballots as early as possible, as concerns rise about how USPS will handle the record number of mail-in votes

On Twitter, Hillary Clinton urged urged voters to request and return their ballots as early as possible, as concerns rise about how USPS will handle the record number of mail-in votes

Clinton, 72, wrote on Twitter: ‘I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slower mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall. 

‘Request your ballots and return them as early as you can.’ 

Local union leaders in Philadelphia allege mail is ‘piling up in offices, unscanned and unsorted’ and that mail carriers are becoming ‘overwhelmed’. 

Many states are turning to a mail-in voting option, in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

Hillary Clinton’s concerns come as some Michigan voters reported they did not receive their ballot in the mail on August 4, as the state votes today in its primary contest.

State officials reassured those voters they can still vote in person in Tuesday’s contest but the snafu came amid concerns about how the post office will handle the record numbers of mail-in ballots expected this election year.

Nearly 2 million people in Michigan requested absentee ballots to vote in the state and congressional primary contests and around 1.28 million people have already returned those ballots, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

President Trump has repeatedly spoken out against mail-in voting ahead of the November 3 election against Joe Biden.

He said the post office would not be ready to handle the millions of ballots expected to go through the mail system.

Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against mail-in voting ahead of the November 3 election against Joe Biden, saying it will lead to voter fraud

Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against mail-in voting ahead of the November 3 election against Joe Biden, saying it will lead to voter fraud

He slammed Nevada officials for approving a vote-by-mail election, repeating his charge that states that are going to mail-in voting are using the pandemic to steal the election.

Trump, 74, added the Republican Party would be suing in Nevada to stop the mail-in voting, as it is suing in other states like California. 

On Monday morning, he accused Nevada of conducting an ‘illegal late night coup’ with its decision to embrace that option, as Republicans fret Trump’s salvos could hurt them at the ballot box in November.

‘In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!,’ he wrote. 

Trump and Republicans have warned that mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud, despite repeated studies that show that is not the case. 

Seven states have decided to automatically mail ballots to voters without them having to request one. Five states already conduct elections by mail-in ballots. And many other states have allowed fear of the coronavirus to be used as a reason for requesting an absentee ballot.

Trump has repeatedly slammed mail-in voting even as he defends absentee voting, which he used in Florida’s presidential primary and plans to use in the general election.

The President  slammed Nevada officials for approving a vote-by-mail election, saying states are using the pandemic to steal the election. Pictured, workers conduct testing on voting equipments in Miami, Florida

 The President  slammed Nevada officials for approving a vote-by-mail election, saying states are using the pandemic to steal the election. Pictured, workers conduct testing on voting equipments in Miami, Florida

But President Donald Trump came out for vote-by-mail efforts in his home state of Florida on Tuesday – after spending months blasting mail voting nationwide as rife with fraud. 

He said: ‘Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. 

‘Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!’ 

He then defended the move in a Tuesday evening news conference where his first justification for his position was that the state has a ‘great Republican governor’, who is Trump-loyalist Gov. Ron DeSantis.

‘Over a long period of time, they’ve been able to get the absentee ballots done extremely professionally,’ he said. ‘Florida’s different from other states.’ 

In response to Clinton’s warning, Daily Caller opinion contributor Eddie Zipperer tweeted: ‘This is silly, tin-foil hat nonsense, but Clinton actually makes a very good point here (accidentally) that mail-in voting allows the executive branch of the federal government to handle ballots en masse for the election of the executive. One more reason it’s a terrible idea.’ 

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