Supreme Court deals near-fatal blow to Trump’s racist Census citizenship question


UPDATE: Trump has threatened the entire census and is saying he will hold it hostage till he gets what he wants. (full story below update/tweets)

President Donald Trump thought the Supreme Court would easily pave the way for him to include a racist citizenship question on this year’s Census. The high court, however, threw a wrench in his plan instead.

Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau is tasked with counting every person living in the United States. An accurate count is crucial because it determines state funding, not to mention how many electoral votes each state receives and how many representatives each state can send to Congress.

But Trump and Republicans had a racist plan to scare Hispanic people from participating by proposing the addition of a citizenship question. And we know it’s a racist suppression tactic because a GOP operative admitted as much in documents on his hard drive.

Opponents of the question challenged Trump in court and won, but Republicans truly believed Trump had rigged the Supreme Court enough in his favor that he would ultimately get to add the question.

Only the Supreme Court did not play ball, and agreed with Southern District of New York Judge Jesse Furman, who sent the question back to the Census Bureau demanding more information after ruling the question “arbitrary and capricious.”

The 5-4 decision means the case has been delayed, which mean the Census Bureau does not have time to add the question since the forms need to be finalized by Monday. It’s unlikely the lower court and the Supreme Court will rule definitively on this case by then. There’s just not enough time.

Even Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano says that the decision is a major defeat for Trump.

“I must tell you, at first blush, just skimming through this, this is a significant defeat for the Trump administration and for the president personally who of course wanted this question on there,” he said on Fox News Thursday. “One of the reasons it won’t be on is that there is a companion case in Maryland, and in that case, the judge has decided to scrutinize the information in the hard drive of the political operative who came up with this idea stated differently. All these allegations about the racial bias in support of the census question will now be litigated not by one, but by two federal courts and the question, it appears, will not be on the census for 2020.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

And because the Census is not required again until 2030, there is more than enough time to put a Democratic administration in charge to make sure such a question is not added a decade from now either.

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