It is almost impossible to overstate the magnitude of President Donald Trump’s decision to weaken the U.S. Postal Service in order to prevent mail-in ballots during a pandemic to help his own campaign.

“For the president to admit to deliberately trying to slow the mail process in order to curb mail-in voting is stunning, because it is political sabotage,” said Philip F. Rubio, an expert on the U.S. Postal Service and professor of history at North Carolina A&T State University, in an interview with Politico Magazine. “He’s using his power of the veto [to hold up funding and] to interfere with the democratic process.”

“This morning, in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump came out and said it: he wants to starve the United States Postal Service to destroy mail-in voting,” said political historian and author Heather Cox Richardson in her Facebook blog.

“Claiming that mail-in voting favors Democrats, he said: ‘Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots… Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting, they just can’t have it.’”

Trump has put in place a political crony as his new postmaster general — Louis DeJoy — who is helping him hobble the Postal Service in part with the goal of privatizing it, in part to hurt his enemy, Amazon, and now to help him swing the election.

It is worth remembering that the Postal Service was established in the Constitution. It is also worth noting that people depend on mail for many, many things, including delivery of prescriptions, but we suppose Trump considers this to be far less important than the ways in which this venerable American institution directly affects his campaign.

The Associated Press reports that 2nd District U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat, has joined with 136 House members to call for U.S. Senate leadership to address the post office’s anticipated $22 billion in lost revenue that stems from the coronavirus pandemic.

Golden and the other representatives said in a letter that failure to preserve the postal service would risk “putting the health and safety of older Americans at risk and disenfranchising millions of voters who are unable to vote in person.”

“Sabotaging the USPS to subvert the will of the people is a gross abuse of his office,” Sen. Angus King said, according to the Portland Press Herald. “In the process, he is also harming our citizens, especially older Americans and those in rural communities as they struggle to keep their households and families healthy during both a pandemic and economic crisis.”

Sen. Susan Collins wrote a letter to DeJoy stating, “I share the goal of putting the USPS back on a financially sustainable path; however this goal cannot be achieved by shortchanging service to the public. If left unaddressed, these recent service issues will not only harm my constituents, who are counting on timely receipt of mail and packages, but also undermine public trust in the USPS and ultimately harm its long-term financial viability.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to reconvene the House to vote on the Delivering for America Act, which would prohibit the Postal Service from implementing changes to the level of service and operations that were in place prior to Jan. 1, 2020, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Collins stated the Senate should return to Washington from recess to consider a COVID-19 package that includes the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act to provide the Postal Service with up to $25 billion to cover losses from COVID-19.

We as voters need to send a clear message that we will not tolerate any tampering with our election process. Brazen and open corruption has already damaged this most vital and crucial aspect of our American identity. No matter what happens in the next few months, many Americans will question the outcome of this election. Was it fair? Was it manipulated by foreign or domestic forces? Will we have the president the majority really voted for?

The integrity of a nation is like that of a person. It takes so little in the way of dishonesty to lose trust for the long term.

We must denounce this course of action.

In addition, residents must consider this as they decide when and how to vote. Voting earlier by mail-in (which is the same as absentee ballot) increases the chances of your ballot getting through. In addition, you can take your ballot in person to your polling station.

We urge citizens to strongly consider supporting those who seek a fair and open election process and rejecting those who seek to steal elections.

Hopefully that’s a power we still have.