Retired postal workers decried the Trump administration's stance on the Postal Service, which they say has eroded trust in the mail, in interviews with The Washington Post on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are "just trying to get rid of the post office," said Tom Lilja, a 65-year-old former letter carrier for over thirty years from Pittsburgh. "And it's a shame. We took pride in our jobs. It was a good middle-class job, and we provided a good and necessary service, and the country respects that. The president doesn't."
He added, "Why don't they ask the people on the front lines for the solutions, the letter carrier? That would solve the problem. But the letter carrier isn't allowed to speak, out of fear of retribution."
The Post interviewed Lilja and several other residents of Nalcrest, a Florida retirement community where former postal workers and their spouses live exclusively.
"It's really bad what Trump is doing," said Duane Kolaski, a 69-year-old retired letter carrier from Royal Oak, Michigan. "He brought in DeJoy, that crony of his, and he's trying to put it all in a bad light."
He added that Trump's attempts to paint mail-in voting as unreliable and prone to fraud is "just wrong. I trust the mail 100 percent. Look at the military — that's all they do is vote by mail. And it's awesome."
Dick Kastner, an 86-year-old former letter carrier in Michigan, added that Americans "should trust the Postal Service, absolutely. The mail will get where it's supposed to go."
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