Trump is going to defy Supreme Court's ruling, add racist question to 2020 census
U.S. Attorney General William Barr says the Trump administration will defy the Supreme Court's recent June ruling which said it was unconstitutional for the government to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
President Trump said he wants it on there, and his Attorney General says knows how to make it happen, regardless of what the Supreme Court says.
Recent reports held up that the census was already being printed without the extra question, but the administration still thinks it has time to make it happen.
“I think over the next day or two you’ll see what approach we’re taking and I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census" Barr informed reporters while in South Carolina on a visit.
He didn't go into detail on how sidestepping the Supreme Court was, in fact, a legal thing to do.
The U.S. Census Bureau's experts have said that a question asking about citizenship would accurate reporting from immigrants taking the survey. Because of the under-reporting of numbers, that in turn would redistribute money and political power from Democratic-led cities where immigrants tend to gather.
That's precisely why the census question is such a hot topic among Republicans and Democrats.
Barr said he talks with Trump about this a lot:
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong." He said he believes there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
Before Barr's comments, Trump stated that he was considering adding an "addendum" or White House executive order signed by him. That's real grey area, and it's possible the Supreme Court could strike that down, too.
Barr also repeated his extreme dissatisfaction in Mueller testifying before Congress. He went as far as to say the Justice Department would do everything in their power to stop it from happening, making additional witnesses on Mueller's team unavailable.