Trump Vows To Defy The Supreme Court’s Census Ruling
In his new effort to defy the Supreme Court, President Trump is proving he is willing to go to any length to undermine the rule of law and expand GOP control.
Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with liberals in a 5-4 ruling rejecting the Trump Administration’s current request to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. They claimed that the Trump Administration provided a pretext in their effort to justify their reasoning – which was innately political. While this is currently on hold and the Trump Administration will likely try and provide the courts with a new explanation, the timeline needed to print the 2020 Census means it will exclude the question.
The census provides the basis for government funding to states and also lays the framework that politicians use for redistricting. Adding a citizenship question would reduce the number of respondents and heavily benefit Republicans in their gerrymandering efforts to engineer minority rule.
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Initially spearheaded by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Trump Administration effort to put the citizenship question on the 2020 census seemed all but halted after the Supreme Court ruling. Just yesterday, Ross said: “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.” Then came today’s tweet from President Trump:
This is the President of the United States claiming he will defy a Supreme Court ruling.
Trump continues to showcase just how much he believes he is above the law. https://t.co/3FUZacwsMM
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) July 3, 2019
Shortly after that tweet was sent, it appears the Justice Department is now trying to find a way to move forward with the question.
New: In call with Maryland judge Department of Justice reversed position there will be no citizenship question on 2020 census and said “they have been instructed to see whether there is a path forward” to reviving question & will appeal to SCOTUS if so https://t.co/GiIqnrj5ck pic.twitter.com/YgdNvd70cH
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) July 3, 2019
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