Added proof of racist intent to alter census — won’t bother SCOTUS bigots


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❝ If we had a fair Supreme Court not driven by partisanship in its most political cases, Thursday’s blockbuster revelation in the census case would lead the court to unanimously rule in Department of Commerce v. New York to exclude the controversial citizenship question from the decennial survey. Those newly revealed documents show that the Trump administration’s purpose in putting the citizenship question on the upcoming census was not its stated one to help Hispanic voters under the Voting Rights Act, but rather to create policy that would be “a disadvantage to the Democrats” and “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic Whites…”

…It’s difficult to produce a greater smoking gun than explicitly saying you are hoping to help the GOP by increasing white voting power. But this revelation, coming from the hard drive of a deceased Republican political operative and made available to Common Cause by his estranged daughter, is ironically more likely to lead the Republican-appointed conservative justices on the Supreme Court to allow the administration to include the question that would help states dilute the power of Hispanic voters…

❝ As I explained in Slate back in March, the U.S. government is defending the inclusion of a question about citizenship for the first time since the 1950 census as needed to provide accurate demographic information to the Department of Justice to help it protect Latinos in Voting Rights Act lawsuits. Two lower courts had found that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross insisted on including the citizenship question for undisclosed reasons and that the DOJ voting rights claim was a mere pretext. Republicans have again lined up in favor of including the question, which Democrats oppose as likely to inhibit a complete and accurate count of all persons in the United States as explicitly demanded by the Constitution, leading to lower representation in Democratic-leaning areas and fewer federal resources based on population.

All of this may be the first open display of what passes for conservative in today’s Republican Party. The remaining hard-liners will stick with the fake president and his protozoan fascist brain trust through every attempt to drag the United States back to the level of civil war rationales for “keeping down” everyone but “acceptable” white folks.

7 thoughts on “Added proof of racist intent to alter census — won’t bother SCOTUS bigots

  1. mistermuse says:

    Tried to follow your blog, but when I clicked “FOLLOW,” I got “Your subscription did not succeed. Please try again with a valid email address,” The email address I entered is the only one I have, so I don’t know why this happened (it also happened several times before with attempts on other blogs, though my attempts are usually successful)

  2. 'Representative Democracy' says:

    Challenges threatening the upcoming 2020 census could risk more than 4 million people to be missing from next year’s national head count, according to new projections by the Urban Institute. http://apps.urban.org/features/2020-census/ (interactive: choose a state or demographic group to see who’s at risk of being miscounted).
    Nationally, black residents could be undercounted by as much as 3.68 percent. “That doesn’t sound terribly high, but when you realize that that’s 1.7 million people, that’s a lot of people to be missed in the overall count,” according to Diana Elliott, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute who co-wrote the report released Today. The Urban Institute also projects as many as 2.2 million (3.57 percent) Latinos and Latinas around the U.S. could be left out of the 2020 census. Also children under the age of 5 — another hard-to-count group — also face an undercount as high as 6.31 percent, or about 1.3 million young children. Among racial and ethnic groups, only white people are projected to be overcounted, while other groups are expected to see undercounts – including as high as 1.36 percent (or about 306,000 people) for Asians and Pacific Islanders and 2.12 percent (102,000 people) for American Indians and Alaska Natives nationally.
    “DOJ fires back at allegations over GOP strategist’s role in census citizenship question” https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/446767-doj-fires-back-at-allegations-over-gop-strategists-role-in-census “The motion borders on frivolous, and appears to be an attempt to reopen the evidence in this already-closed case and to drag this Court into Plaintiffs’ eleventh-hour campaign to improperly derail the Supreme Court’s resolution of the government’s appeal,” the letter filed in federal court in New York reads.
    The ACLU on Friday dropped what appeared to a bombshell court filing, alleging that a GOP redistricting strategist conducted a 2015 study that found asking about citizenship on the census would help Republicans and hurt Latinos and Democrats in redistricting. And the group claimed that officials did not disclose his role in getting the question added to the census.
    ACLU court filing 5/30/19: https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-966/101439/20190530142417722_2019.05.30%20NYIC%20Respondents%20Notice%20of%20Filing%20–%20Final.pdf

  3. ...when is enough proof enough? says:

    House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) accused the White House on Friday of seeking to assert executive privilege in an interview that committee staff had with former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach this week concerning his involvement in getting a citizenship question added to the 2020 census. https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/447510-white-house-sought-to-assert-executive-privilege-in-kobach-interview
    In the memo, Cummings alleged that the White House “interfered directly and aggressively” with the previously undisclosed interview by requesting that Kobach not answer questions about his conversations with President Trump and other White House staff about why the question was added. (see memo https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2019-06-07.%20COR%20DEM%20Memo%20re%20Kris%20Kobach%20Interview.pdf )
    Cummings on Friday also revealed some details of the committee’s interview with Kobach, but did not release the full transcript. He said the former Kansas secretary of state, who served as an informal adviser on the Trump campaign and led the president’s now-shuttered voter fraud commission, told investigators that he personally discussed the possible citizenship question with Trump early on in his presidency.
    The memo also states that Kobach told the committee he had conversations with Trump campaign staff about adding the citizenship question to the census. The revelation would push the time frame for when those discussions began to earlier than was initially reported.
    It also alleges that responses Kobach gave were “inconsistent” with testimony given by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
    Ross had previously told the committee that he had flat-out rejected a proposed version of the citizenship question given to him by Kobach.

  4. BOGUS SCOTUS says:

    “The Supreme Court is set to hand down its much-anticipated decision on whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.” (The Hill 6/23/19) https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/449869-supreme-court-set-to-deliver-ruling-on-census-citizenship-question However the Supreme Court is not considering an equal protection claim presented In a separate census lawsuit in Maryland, which is based in evidence of a discriminatory intent behind the question’s addition raised by newly surfaced documents filed in a New York Federal court that suggest a political motivation behind the addition of the citizenship question, specifically that it was designed to benefit Republicans.
    “In the census-citizenship case, the Supreme Court may once again affirm ‘white rule'” (CNN 6/23/19) https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/23/us/supreme-court-census-citizenship-blake/index.html

  5. Will C. says:

    A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered new fact-finding into possible discriminatory motives for the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
    The action represents the latest potential setback for the administration following the discovery of documents indicating that the citizenship question could hurt Democrats and Hispanics by reducing their headcount in the census.
    But the order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, Virginia may have little or no effect on the Supreme Court, which is due to rule on the census question within the next three days. The high court’s conservatives sounded supportive during oral argument in April.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/25/federal-court-orders-fact-finding-trump-census-citizenship-question/1561056001/

  6. UPDATE says:

    The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being in a major setback for the Trump administration. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/census-supreme-court/index.html
    The decision raises the question of whether the administration will have enough time or the ability to add the citizenship question before the census begins. The administration previously told the court that the questionnaire needed to be printed by the end of June.
    Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. Roberts had the support of the four liberal justices.
    “If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case”, he wrote. Roberts said the explanation for adding the question didn’t pass muster.
    “The sole stated reason — seems to have been contrived. We are presented, in other words, with an explanation for agency action that is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decision making process.”
    Supreme Court ruling on 2020 census citizenship question https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/read-supreme-court-ruling-2020-census-citizenship-case/index.html

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