Today the Supreme Court voted to block a citizenship question from being asked on the 202 United States Census. The news was a mix of good and bad for the White House. In his ruling, Chief Justice, John Roberts, left the door open for the Trump Administration to revise their reasoning behind the question.
The ability to revise the question, however, did not seem to placate the President. Trump spent the afternoon on Twitter, lashing out at the Supreme Court over their decision.
The President used his favorite website to write, “Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020.”
Trump continued, “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!”
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was cautiously optimistic about the ruling. She said, “We know that even the specter of the citizenship question has intensified this climate of fear. And even in the best of times without a citizenship question, the work to get to an accurate count is one of the most challenging operations in peacetime America. After today’s decision, which we all hail as a huge win for democracy in this country, we also know our work isn’t over.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.