Trump is using claims of fraud to try and postpone, or possibly even manipulate, the November election as his approval ratings have fallen dramatically as of late, as has the country’s GDP. Trump's accusations of voter fraud have been widely debunked, no better than by the heritage foundation who run a voter fraud tracker to bring greater transparency to the issue, which demonstrates the real but extremely small number of voting fraud cases in the United States. However Trump’s efforts to damage mail-in voting go far further than misinformation, in May 2020 longtime Trump fundraiser Louis DeJoy was appointed US Postmaster General, being the first to be appointed head of the US Postal Service (USPS) without any actual experience working in the history of the postal service.
More worryingly however DeJoy has a clear conflict of interests, owning a multi-million dollar equity stake in XPO, a USPS subcontractor, and has sold shares Amazon just to buy back 20%-100% of them as stock options, a conflict of interest that has warranted investigation. In addition to his dubious appointment and finances, DeJoy has put in place of series of cuts, including sacking 23 senior officials, dismantling 600 high-speed mail sorting machines, and removing mailboxes from many cities, in what seems a clear effort to undermine mail-in voting. Furthermore Trump has openly admitted to divesting in the USPS to make the surge of mail-in ballots harder to process as he worries it will cost him the election, a clear admission to using pandemic-era upheaval as an excuse to manipulate the election.