President Donald Trump appointed a new postmaster general for the U.S. Postal Service in May, and this summer his pick has come under criticism on social media.
“New (Republican) businessman Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has $70m invested in companies that compete w/the Postal Service,” Facebook user Florence Vincent wrote in a post on July 27. She told USA TODAY that her post was based on a few stories she found.
The claim found its way to Twitter this month. User @CarolynYoung64 posted a meme on Aug. 3 with a picture of DeJoy “wearing” a badge that reads “Other98.” Next to the picture is a statement about DeJoy’s investments. The Other 98 is a progressive social media organization that creates meme content primarily for Facebook, according to its website.
“Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his wife have between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets in U.S. Postal Service competitors and contractors,” reads the meme’s statement. “The man Trump put in charge of OUR Postal Service has the most to gain from its destruction.”
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