Donald Trump gives up on adding citizenship question to the census.

By |2019-07-11T15:00:29-08:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |16 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

President Trump and his administration are waving the white flag on the census citizenship question for the second time this month — this time apparently for good. Trump announced Thursday that he’ll push to get citizenship data by some other means, rather than attempting to avenge his administration’s Supreme Court loss or trying an executive order.

The news will hearten those who feared the census question would be used to help Republicans politically.

But what if it already has?

Opponents of the move have long argued that this whole thing is an attempt to dissuade undocumented immigrants from responding to the census. And if the undocumented don’t respond, the argument goes, that would dilute the power of the largely Democratic areas in which they live and shift power to more Republican-friendly areas.

Some opponents, though, have suggested this might happen even if the question isn’t ultimately on the census. They said that could happen simply by virtue of the protracted debate we’ve had — which could render the undocumented suspicious of the process and the census.

This was always meant to frighten Hispanics and other ethnic groups into not responding to the census so that white people would continue to be over represented in Congress and local politics.

The demographics are changing but if they are miscounted does it really matter?

And Trump indicated that he had other tricks up his sleeve as well. 

Courtesy of Mother Jones

Trump ordered the Census Bureau to gather existing data on citizenship from administrative records, and ordered other federal agencies to turn over their citizenship data to the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau. The administration could then use this information to draw districts based on citizenship rather than total population during the next redistricting cycle in 2021—something some Republicans have been advocating. That would shift political power to whiter and more Republican areas with fewer immigrants, a move that longtime GOP redistricting strategist Tom Hofeller said in 2015 would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”

“Some states may want to draw districts based on voter eligible population,” Trump said Thursday.

Attorney General William Barr brought up a separate but related issue. “There is a legal dispute about whether illegal aliens can be counted for apportionment purposes,” Barr said, referring to a lawsuit from Alabama seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional appointment. “Depending on the resolution of that dispute, this data could be useful for that.”

Just more desperate attempts by the white people in this country to hold onto power for just a little bit longer. 

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16 Comments

  1. slipstream July 11, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Loser.

  2. Junebug July 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Barr is as big a pompous dick as Trump. This Country is in trouble, and not because of immigrants.

    • Anon July 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Oh. Wait for the SNL skits. I can see John Goodman playing Barr. May be we can jazz it up with a Pence skit at the Detention center and Rosanne play his wife. Double political banter. Trumpty will whine like a bitch on Twitter that very night. Predictable as hell. Did you hear that Vladimir? Get your winter gear ready. Word is your going to need it very very soon. Siberia is waiting for you.

  3. Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t believe him, tomorrow he will change his mind again depending if they make fun of him on FOX for giving up.

  4. Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Because no one will answer it except your “type.”
    How many had to explain it, savior, until you got it???

  5. aNOn July 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    https://www.wonkette.com/census-headfake

    “United States legally and who is not,” according to Reuters, so at least we’ve got that whiff of fascism to look forward to. But are the Census cases finally, really dead? Or will they be resurrected like Dick Cheney to haunt us forever?”

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/11/trump-census-history-227353

  6. Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    A trick to Trump is still just a con.

  7. Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    He said he could murder an american in broad daylight. And the evangelicals still voted for him.
    Evangelicals are MENTALLY RETARDED.

  8. Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Sarah must be relieved. She would have had to write “Russia” beside Trig’s name.

    • Anonymous July 11, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      She sure as hell didn’t give birth to him, nor helped him early on when he truly needed when she had the means. Her little mascot, how DARE she, but that’s the bitch she is.

  9. Anonymous July 12, 2019 at 3:45 am

    How does census work? Can we mess it up for shits and giggles? Is it something we fill out ourselves?
    I envision it as a total useless mess and wonder if we can do anything? Like for race we all put Human
    Sex: yes

  10. Anonymous July 12, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Oh geez, Trump pulls out again.

  11. anon July 12, 2019 at 8:10 am

    In 12 hours on Thursday, through speeches and on Twitter, Trump stepped directly onto some of the most volatile fault lines that could rev up his fiercest supporters: immigration, the Pledge of Allegiance, social media bias, unfair trade with China, big banks, Iran, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, impeachment and, of course, individual Democratic candidates for president.

    It was a one-day sampling of what Trump hopes will give him a winning hand in 2020.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/donald-trump-media-census-2020-1409401

  12. Natural One July 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    HAHA. The ONLY reason he did this is because of the MONEY that would leave the USA if he implemented it. Dumb fuck. Yeah Donny. You listened to fools. Now you will pay the PRICE for it. Wait for it. Smirk.

  13. Anonymous July 14, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Lost again. Mr I never lose in court lost again.

    President LOSER.

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