If the Postal Service is unable to function properly, it could “undermine the very electoral system, the most important element of our democracy,” Bernstein told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday.
“The hearing will examine the sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service that experts warn could degrade delivery standards, slow the mail and potentially impair the rights of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming November elections,” House Democratic leaders said in a Sunday statement.
Bernstein on Sunday railed on Trump’s comments as an effort, in his mind, to undermine Americans’ ability to vote.
“We’ve never had a President of the United States who has tried to undermine our most basic institutions,” Bernstein said. “We’ve never had a President of the United States who is, in public, even admittedly trying to hijack an election by excluding people from voting.”
“What he opposes is universal mail-in ballots, where you send millions of ballots out to registered voters across the country, even those that don’t request it,” Meadows said.
For the press, Bernstein said the challenges facing the Postal Service should be a “story that we do not let go of for a moment, that we’re on the air and online with it every moment.”
In particular, Bernstein said he hopes reporters will remind readers of the history of the Post Office.
“Remember, the Postal Service was started by Benjamin Franklin, he was the first Postmaster General, to be an element of our democracy in 1775,” Bernstein said. “Now we have a President committed, in essence, to shutting down the ability of the Post Office to help Americans vote … This is an unprecedented crisis, we’ve never seen anything like this.”
Bernstein continued, calling out Fox News specifically, and saying it has an obligation to continue dedicating coverage on the issue.
“And particularly over at Fox News, where there are real patriotic journalists, reporters,” he said, “Fox News has an unusual obligation here to be patriotic and point out the history of the Postal Service, the history of our free elections and how this President is undermining them.”
–CNN’s Kevin Bohn, Marshall Cohen and Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.