‘Cheers’ mailman John Ratzenberger issues plea to support US Postal Service
While Ratzenberger’s idea of only giving stamps as Christmas presents may seem a little far-fetched, his suggestion of shopping at the Postal Service’s store is right on the money.
The USPS-run online shop has more than 100 gift items for sale beyond shipping supplies, including tote bags, crop tops and toy mail trucks—some of which have sold out recently in the face of massive demand from young people seeking to support the Post Office.
In the video plea, Ratzenberger stops short of criticizing (or even mentioning) the Trump administration, despite the president openly disparaging the U.S. Postal Service in recent weeks as part of a larger push against implementing universal mail-in voting.
Ratzenberger is known as a high-profile Republican voter who has long backed many GOP political candidates, including Trump in a 2016 Fox News interview. “Donald Trump’s the only candidate for me,” the “Cheers” actor told Fox host Neil Cavuto at the time.
Following a massive outcry from the public and a pending congressional investigation, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced today that he was suspending operational changes to the Post Office—including removing mail processing machines and cutting retail hours—until after the November election.