After a year of hearing Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post hammer Donald Trump for decrying mass mail-in voting, conservatives were puzzled to see another Bezos company, Amazon, cite “serious and systemic flaws” with such ballots.
In this case, the online retailing behemoth is arguing that in-person voting is needed for a “valid and fair” election when employees at one of its warehouses in Alabama vote whether to unionize. Amazon has asked the National Labor Relations Board to delay the union vote for 6,000 warehouse workers so it can be held in person.
Mail-in voting was meant to provide a safer option amid surging Covid-19 cases, just as the US presidential election supposedly needed to allow for mass mail-in ballots to be cast amid the pandemic. Former President Trump argued in the months leading up to the November 3 election that heavy reliance on such ballots would make the contest more susceptible to fraud. He later blamed his loss to Democrat Joe Biden partly on such ballots.
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The Washington Post called Trump’s warnings “a fusillade of falsehoods” and said his statements on the issue were “muddled and dishonest.” In the election’s aftermath, the newspaper repeatedly called Trump’s fraud claims “baseless” and “debunked” and lamented last week that millions of Americans continue to believe “the lie that lingers.” The Post joined other mainstream media in calling the 2020 election “the most secure in US history.”
Amazon also was involved in defending the integrity of Biden’s election victory, banning conservative-friendly social media app Parler from using its servers partly to ensure that voices alleging fraudulent mail-in voting couldn’t be heard.
That’s the must hilarious thing I’ve seen all day. Who knew vote by mail could be an issue! Oh the irony
— Janet…you know the one (@KnowJanet) January 24, 2021
The hypocrisy of Amazon’s argument on mail-in voting when the election concerns unionization of its work force wasn’t lost on social media users. “That’s the most hilarious thing I’ve seen all day,” one commenter said on Twitter. “Who knew vote by mail could be an issue? Oh, the irony.” Another said, “Mail-in voting: good enough for the American people but not for Amazon.”
Mail in voting- good enough for the American people but not for Amazon
— Eric Chanin (@Yiddawg) January 24, 2021
Seattle radio host Jason Rantz agreed, saying, “It’s remarkable that Amazon insists on in-person voting, not mail-in, for workers deciding on a union. They argue mail-in election could disenfranchise dozens or hundreds of voters.”
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Another observer saw no humor in Amazon’s actions. “This type of irony and hypocrisy isn’t funny,” he said. “It’s disgusting, and it’s tearing our nation apart.”
This type of irony & hypocrisy isn’t ‘funny’. It’s disgusting, dangerous & it’s tearing our nation apart. I’m absolutely baffled at this BULLSHIT rn!
— DANIEL CAREY (@dsicc360) January 25, 2021
Adding to the irony was the fact that the Bezos empire’s divergent stances on mail-in voting apparently confused the censorship program at Twitter. When journalist Jack Posobiec tweeted about Amazon’s argument that mail-in voting has “serious and systemic flaws,” Twitter mistook it as being about the presidential ballots, restricted the message and attached a warning, saying “this claim of election fraud is disputed.”
Screenshot even shows I was specifically referencing the Amazon unionization vote
Yet Twitter censored it anyway pic.twitter.com/lCCigmSsMJ
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 24, 2021
Amazon’s union vote was scheduled to begin on February 8 by mail. “We believe that the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is conducted manually, in-person, making it easy for associates to verify and cast their vote in close proximity to their workplace,” a company spokeswoman told USA Today.
Amazon’s founder, Bezos, is the world’s second-richest man and bought the Post in 2013. Bezos has feuded with Trump since at least 2015, and Amazon waited until Biden’s first day in office, January 20, to propose helping the federal government speed distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The timing prompted conservatives to ask where Amazon was a month earlier, when thousands of Americans were dying from the virus daily amid a slower-than-planned rollout of the vaccines.
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