Remember when Donald Trump was fighting court battles over the Muslim ban and losing, over and over and over again, until he finally got in front of judges that favored him at the Supreme Court level? The reason that he lost all of those lower court battles was that — and judge after judge pointed it out — the things he said publicly didn’t jibe with the reasons his administration was giving for why the ban was necessary.
He kept saying it wasn’t a ban on Muslims but kept calling it a “Muslim ban” in front of his base, at rallies, and on his Twitter feed.
It looks like he’s just done the same thing to himself regarding the citizenship question he and the GOP so desperately want to be included in the upcoming census. That issue, you’ll note, has been ongoing since long before Trump was elected, and that’s because including the question “are you a US citizen” benefits Republicans.
The long and the short of it is, the US Constitution mandates that we conduct a census of every person living in the United States, no matter what color they are, what language they speak, what religion they practice. We have a vested interest in knowing exactly what the demographics of the country look like, as well as in knowing what assistance, guidance, or oversight the federal government could be giving and where it is needed.
In practice, however, Republicans know a few things: Number one, minorities tend to favor Democrats and also live in concentrated areas, and number two, stepped-up enforcement scares undocumented people away from answering the census, even though it was designed in the Constitution to gather the data of every single human in the country.
Trump has been falsely claiming that they “need” the citizenship question in order to “enforce the Voting Rights Act,” something that Republicans have mysteriously never cared for before this very moment. But in fact, if they can drive down the number of people answering the census in congressional districts that favor Democrats, they can dilute Democrats’ electability.
Trump accidentally admitted that today.
Well, you need it for many reasons. Number one, you need it for Congress. You need it for Congress, for districting.”
The ironic part about that is that obviously, someone made the mistake of telling Trump why they wanted the question, and he got so excited about that, he couldn’t help but blurt it out.
Good luck on that court case, jackass.
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