Vice presidential contender Stacey Abrams says Trump is trying to 'steal the vote' by undermining the US Postal Service
- Stacey Abrams accused Trump of trying to "steal the vote by undermining the postal service" in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday.
- Abrams, a rumored front-runner for Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, made the comment in response to a question about Trump's recent suggestion about delaying the election.
- "He's attempting to distract us from his failed leadership," Abrams said, slamming Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Abrams criticized Trump's attacks on mail-in ballots and USPS cost-cutting ordered by his 'partisan' postmaster general, echoing recent claims by Biden.
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Stacey Abrams accused President Donald Trump of trying to indirectly rig the election by "undermining" the US Postal Service, which could play an outsize role this November as millions of Americans are forced to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We will not be able to effectively count the votes of every eligible American because he's doing his best to undermine our confidence in the process, but worst he's doing best to actually steal the vote by undermining the postal service," Abrams told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday.
The USPS is facing a major financial crisis during the coronavirus pandemic and has said it could run out of money as soon as September unless Congress bails it out.
But Trump rejected a federal relief package that would rescue the USPS, and his newly appointed postmaster general Louis DeJoy, has reportedly ordered significant cost-cutting measures, which Abrams said could prevent votes from being delivered in time to be counted.
"Unfortunately his partisan leader that he's put in charge of the post office is doing his best to undermine one of the core pillars of our society, which is our ability to communicate," she said.
Abrams, a former Georgia state representative and gubernatorial candidate, who is rumored to be one of Joe Biden's top picks for a running mate this fall, echoed similar concerns raised by the former vice president in June, where he claimed that Trump might not accept the election results if he loses.
Her own comments came in response to a question from Bash about Trump's recent suggestion that the US presidential election should be delayed — something he does not have the authority to do and which was widely condemned by top political leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Abrams said Trump was "attempting to distract us from his failed leadership" around the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.
The US has at least 4.6 million confirmed cases, 154,000 deaths, and more than 51 million Americans have lost their jobs since the virus began spreading.
Abrams also criticized Trump's broader efforts to discredit mail-in voting by falsely claiming they are responsible for widespread voting fraud, a myth that has repeatedly been disproved
"By invoking the notion that we cannot hold an election cuts against hundreds of years of history. We had elections during the Civil War, during the Spanish flu, and we can have an election this time," Abrams said.
"Absentee ballots work, as [Trump] admits, and that's the exact same thing as mail-in ballots, vote-by-mail, it's all the same job," she added. "And the job that he has is to make sure we have a postal service that can actually deliver the votes to our election officials."
Abrams said Congress should provide financial relief to the USPS and "cash-strapped states like Arkansas, like Georgia, like North Carolina, like Wisconsin."
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