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CAIR Condemns President Trump’s ‘Fascist and Unconstitutional Attack’ on Vote by Mail, U.S. Postal Service

Trump admits he is purposefully blocking funding of postal service to stop mail-in votes 

(WASHINGTON, DC, 8/14/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump for his “unapologetically fascist and unconstitutional attack on the American people” following his admission that he is purposefully blocking additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service to increase its capacity to handle the expected surge in voting by mail this November. 

Yesterday during a Fox Business News interview, Trump admitted that his administration is stalling congressional negotiations on the next COVID-19 relief package because it includes Democratic-backed provisions to increase funding to assist the U.S. Postal Service’s processing of election mail. Without that additional money, the postal service will not be able to handle the expected increase in mail-in ballots.   

WATCH: Trump vows to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS 

Trump said on “Mornings with Maria”: “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.” He added, “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.” 

In a statement CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw said: 

“American Muslims condemn in the strongest possible terms President Trump’s unapologetically fascist and unconstitutional attack on the American people and the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to process mail-in ballots this November.  

“Trump’s blatant attempt to undermine voting-by-mail attacks the very foundation of American democracy and reveals his clear fear of having an open, free and fair election. 

“Regardless of how Trump tries to prevent Americans from voting thisupcoming general election, the people will prevail in deciding who will lead ournation out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information about voting by mail, visit CAIR’s new 2020 election website Muslims.Vote and read CAIR’s 50 state guide on voting by mail, which also provides information on the November 3rd General Election.    

The guide contains a list of upcoming election dates, whether an excuse is needed to vote absentee and deadlines for requesting and submitting absentee ballots.    

This election advisory is part of CAIR’s 2020 General Election “Muslims Vote Campaign” to increase Muslim voter turnout nationwide.    

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact CAIR at 202-742-6420 or civilrights@cair.com.    

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.    

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.    

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292rmccaw@cair.com

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