Gore said Trump has put in a "lackey" as Postmaster General. "And to try to deprive people who are scared of the pandemic from voting by mail by dismantling the postal service, he's attempting to put his knee on the neck of democracy, and in the process create all of the doubts that he thinks might come back and help him by creating chaos and confusion which is the milieu that he seems to prefer," said Gore.
U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy has sought to assure Americans that widespread delays caused by his cost-cutting efforts would not cause their ballots to go uncounted in November, when up to half of U.S. voters could cast their ballots through the mail.
DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to President Donald Trump and other Republicans since 2016, has rejected charges of political interference. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that absentee voting is unreliable, even though he has voted that way himself.
Since leaving office two decades ago, Gore has become one of the world’s preeminent voices on climate change, founding the Climate Reality Project – a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis—and winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the issue.
As the world’s attention remains focused on battling COVID-19, Gore joined Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler and Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans for an exclusive conversation about climate change in a post-pandemic world, the racial reckoning sweeping the globe and the coming presidential election.