September 27, 2022

Postmaster General’s home surrounded by protestors in loud demonstration against election meddling

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Republicans thought it was a breakdown of civil society when at the height of the family separation policy a number of senior Trump administration officials like Stephen Miller and then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had their dinners rudely interrupted by outraged protestors.


They hadn’t seen anything yet.

This morning, protestors — livid at the blatant manipulation of the U.S. Postal Service in service of Donald Trump’s outrageous battles against the type of widespread mail-in voting that he sees as antithetical to his re-election — appeared on the front lawn of the president’s hand-picked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s home in Northwest Washington D.C. to stage a “noise demonstration” to alert DeJoy of their disgust with his dismantling of the U.S. Postal Service in the service of voter suppression.

Organized by the direct action group Shut Down D.C., the demonstrators wielded pots and pans and other noisemaking devices to proved a wake-up call to the Postmaster General to inform him that his actions would not go unchallenged and that he wouldn’t be sleeping in on weekends until this travesty was rectified.

“DeJoy has fired or reassigned much of the existing USPS leadership and ordered the removal of mail sorting machines that are fundamental to the functioning of the postal service. Meanwhile, mail delivery is slowing down under other decisions made by DeJoy, such as eliminating overtime for postal workers,” Shut Down D.C. said in a statement.

After first gathering in a nearby park, the protestors marched in a group towards DeJoy’s home While banging on their kitchen implements. When they arrived they continued their cacophonous clattering and stuffed fake absentee ballots into the wrought-iron gate covering the postmaster’s apartment building door.

Kolbie Satterfield, a reporter for local TV outlet WUSA9, posted a lengthy Twitter thread with footage from the protest as well as some background on their legitimate grievances about already reduced postal services in the Washington D.C. area.

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While the protests have yet to yield an official response from DeJoy or the Trump administration, showing up at the postmaster’s door is sure to draw more attention to their demonstrations than they may have otherwise have had in another place.

Given the unprecedented attack on free and fair elections by the sitting president of the United States, America needs these types of loud and vehement protests in every city in the land to let the Trump administration know that we will not sit by idly while he rigs the upcoming election in his own favor.

The House of Representatives needs to be called back from their August recess to immediately begin a wide-ranging investigation of DeJoy and his machinations — as well as the massive conflicts of interest he has through his association with private competitors to the Postal Service.

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While they’re at it, they may as well begin a new set of impeachment proceedings for Donald Trump at the same time.

Perhaps Republican senators will realize how badly the president is dragging down their own future political prospects and jettison Trump for good this time when it would be so beneficial for the nation to do so.

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Original reporting by Khalida Volou at WUSA9.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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