The day after the postmaster general said he would hit pause on massive changes within the U.S. Postal Service, News 8 learned a sorting machine was being dismantled in the downtown Grand Rapids post office. (Aug. 19, 2020)I watched this story blow up on Twitter yesterday, which the WOOD-TV anchor noted. In particular, he mentioned both Michigan's Attorney General and one of Michigan's U.S. Senators retweeting the story. Both elected officials play a part in the next two videos, one off-camera and the other on-camera, from MSNBC. Follow over the jump for the reactions.
First, Joy Reid showed a clip of the above footage and asked Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer about her reaction to USPS machines being removed.
New reporting shows that USPS sorting machines are still being removed in Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says, "I believe my eyes ... We're getting reports from across the state of Michigan that this is, in fact, still happening."Governor Whitmer gave out the Attorney General's office phone number so anyone in Michigan can call in sightings of sorting machines being dismantled or other evidence of official interference in sorting or delivering the mail. It's (517) 335-7659. If any of my readers in Michigan know of information relevant to this issue, please call.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters appeared on camera early today on Morning Joe, where he said [he] Has Received 'Flood' Of Calls About Mail Issues.
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., discusses new images of mail sorting machines out of service and dismantled and the planned congressional hearings with postmaster general Louis DeJoy, Aired on 8/20/2020.First, the clips at the start of the segment show that sorting machines are being decommissioned and dismantled all over the country, not just in Michigan. Second, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be questioned by a Senate committee tomorrow. I look forward to that. I also hope it helps slow down, if not stop outright, the damage being done to the Post Office by the Trump Administration. Stay tuned, as I'm sure I'll have more on this story at the intersection of the 2020 election and COVID-19 pandemic.