The postal service is in need of saving, that’s for sure. And the question of how, and indeed if, the government should be supporting the USPS has become an increasingly politicized question as of late. Now with the presidential election looming, Trump has been working to actively undermine mail-in voting. The president has been rejecting emergency funding and grants that would give a lifeline to the post office. At a Wednesday press conference, he said that he would not approve $25 billion in emergency funding nor the $3.5 billion grant that would help the post office process votes, as per Business Insider. And in a recent Fox Business interview, Trump was extremely transparent about why he’s been opting not to provide emergency funding, saying, “They want $25 billion — billion — for the post office. Now 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, “Now, in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”
In light of this, a Twitter user named Christopher Keelty started a thread, with nearly 150,000 likes at the time of this article’s posting, that provides a pretty genius suggestion about how people can support the post office on their own. Keelty writes, “** I HAVE A PLAN TO SAVE THE POST OFFICE ** YOUNG PEOPLE: Call your grandparents and ask if they got the card you sent. IMPORTANT: DO NOT SEND A CARD. When they say no, you sound very sad. “Oh, that’s too bad. I heard that Trump was really underfunding the post office.” Keelty highlights that this plan would be especially effective if your grandparents/parents are Republican or live in a state with lots of Republican voters. He adds, “You want to see how fast Congress and the White House are bombarded with calls to fix the Post Office? Let them deal with a nation full of old people who think they missed some mail.” If you’ve ever seen grandparents get upset over not receiving their mail, then you probably understand why Keelty’s plan could be effective. So, maybe call your grandparents?