On Monday, August 25, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was questioned by House Representative Katie Porter (D-California).
By asking him basic questions about the facts of the Postal Service, Porter made a compelling case for why DeJoy, a Trump donor who may own millions of investments to USPS competitors, is not qualified for his position.
When Porter asked him how much a postcard cost, DeJoy, laughing, said he did not know.
Porter: “What about [the cost] to mail a postcard?” DeJoy: “I don’t know, ma’am” Porter: “You don’t know the cost… https://t.co/Pjofc1AP1H— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman)1598297906.0
Porter: Will you commit to reversing these changes? DeJoy: No Porter: If the Inspector General finds you've committ… https://t.co/HHaVwLkwVR— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich)1598297867.0
Katie Porter asks DeJoy how much it costs to mail a postcard. DeJoy says he doesn't know. HE IS POSTMASTER GENERAL— Ari Berman (@Ari Berman)1598296942.0
Porter was clearly out for blood and most people online believe she got what she wanted.
Imagine being completely unqualified to lead one of the most important services in the country, but still getting t… https://t.co/U3TtxmLyWN— Rep. Katie Porter (@Rep. Katie Porter)1597955820.0
Postmaster General DeJoy revealed today that he ❌doesn’t know who ordered the @USPS overhaul; ❌won’t take responsib… https://t.co/aqTD4aWxWc— Rep. Katie Porter (@Rep. Katie Porter)1598316007.0
Many Twitter users wanted even more time for Porter to grill DeJoy.
Seriously, a bunch of these folks should have given their time to Rep. Katie Porter. DeJoy would have been in tears by now.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1598296248.0
A few Congressmen need to cede their time to Rep Katie Porter so that DeJoy can't filibuster her and she can ask de… https://t.co/B5EGuXm5yi— Morrigan Jonsdottir 🏳️🌈 (@Morrigan Jonsdottir 🏳️🌈)1597698960.0
Others felt holding DeJoy to a higher standard would be an ultimately fruitless effort.
grilling administration witnesses about whether they explicitly received direction from Trump is a waste of time. T… https://t.co/YzkWIuQ5BJ— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin)1598365394.0
Asking witnesses to confess to corrupt motives is also futile. Establish the lack of qualifications and any donatio… https://t.co/MzK8fspKMd— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin)1598365493.0
To anyone watching the hearing, however, the conclusion was clear.
Rep. Katie Porter on questioning Louis DeJoy: "He is a difficult witness ... This is somebody who spent a lot of hi… https://t.co/dgHwRqEvUw— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1598281209.0
Within seconds, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) gets DeJoy to admit that he knows “very little about postage and stamps.” https://t.co/s0SD57Ftze— Matt Wilstein (@Matt Wilstein)1598297424.0
Never underestimate the danger of basic incompetence.
DeJoy, right at home in this administration, never seems to take responsibility for much of anything. https://t.co/SeFLs8iyAN— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin)1598365360.0
The United States deserves a Postmaster General who understands and takes responsibility for the entire Postal Service.