Fake President caves on census — stamps his little foot and marches on with predictable executive orders

Tweedledee and Tweedledumb bookend their masterNicholas Kamm/AFP

❝ …Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, declaring instead he would ask government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly.

The turnaround comes after Trump repeatedly said he would continue fighting to insert the question despite a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the effort last month. It reflects legal reality intersecting with Trump’s desire to bolster his image as an immigration hard-liner as he moves ahead with his 2020 reelection bid…

❝ In announcing the decision, Trump insisted he would be unrelenting in seeking out citizenship information from alternate sources. He said agencies would be required to provide the Commerce Department with documents and records of citizens and non-citizens, which he said would help provide an accurate picture of US citizenship…“We will leave no stone unturned,” Trump said.

Then, he crawled back under the rock where he sleeps most of the time…

7 thoughts on “Fake President caves on census — stamps his little foot and marches on with predictable executive orders

  1. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross may be the next administration official ousted by President Trump, NBC News reported Monday. Senior advisers and other officials told the network that Trump has discussed replacing Ross during calls with allies after the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s argument to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
    The president is reportedly frustrated by Ross’s leadership of the Census Bureau, which is within his department. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/453033-ross-in-trumps-crosshairs-after-census-loss-report
    United States Department of Commerce statement: “On Friday, the secretary joined the President on his visit to Wisconsin and Ohio, and will continue to work on behalf of the American people and the president’s America First agenda. He has shepherded the Department of Commerce into a new era, where, under the president’s leadership and direction, we have better supported American businesses from unfair trading practices and have reinforced our national and economic security at long last.” (Kevin Manning, Commerce Department press secretary)

  2. Update says:

    “Trump can’t exclude undocumented immigrants from census, judges rule : Decision, which found president acted unlawfully, is likely to be appealed to the US supreme court” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/10/trump-administration-undocumented-immigrants-census-ruling
    “Donald Trump acted unlawfully in July when he ordered the commerce department to produce data that would allow him to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count, a panel of three judges said. Federal law is clear that only a single data source – the census count of total population – can be used to apportion the 435 seats in the US House among states, the judges wrote. The decennial census does not ask about citizenship status and by requesting a second set of data outside of the decennial census, Trump ran afoul of the law.
    “Congress mandated that the president use a specific set of numbers – those produced by the decennial census itself – for purposes of the reapportionment,” the panel wrote. “By deviating from that mandate, the presidential memorandum exceeds the authority of the president.”

    See also U.S. Constitution, Article. I, § 2, cl. 3, and Amend. XIV, § 2. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei

  3. Update says:

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the Trump administration to halt the census count while an appeal plays out over a lower court’s order that it continue.
    The administration had asked the high court for “immediate relief” because a lower court order would have required the census count to continue until October 31. The Trump administration argued that would have prevented Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from delivering a count of the nation’s population to President Donald Trump by December 31.
    The ruling is a win for the administration, which argued the shortened deadline is necessary to give the Commerce Department enough time to meet the December deadline. The administration noted that the count had been delayed by Covid-19 but that if the time spent counting were shortened, that deadline could still be met.
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the order, fearing that the shortened timeline would produce inaccurate results.
    “Because the harms associated with an inaccurate census are avoidable and intolerable, I respectfully dissent from the grant of stay,” she wrote.
    No other justice noted a dissent. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/13/politics/supreme-court-census/index.html

    • Will C. says:

      Several conservative justices on Monday seemed to suggest they could avoid immediately ruling on whether President Donald Trump’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when seats in Congress are divvied up between the states next year is lawful.
      In over an hour of telephonic arguments, the justices seemed extremely skeptical that in the waning days of the Trump administration, the government has the time to fulfill its stated goal, with Justice Samuel Alito saying it would be a “monumental task” to complete such a count by December 31.
      Several states, led by New York, and immigrant rights groups want the court to affirm a lower court decision and block the White House proposal. https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/30/politics/census-supreme-court-oral-arguments/index.html

      • HAIL VICTORY! says:

        The Supreme Court on Friday threw out a challenge for now to President Donald Trump’s bid to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when seats in Congress are divvied up between the states next year, but left open the possibility the issue could be revisited at the nation’s highest court.
        Friday’s ruling is a narrow victory for Trump as it wipes away a lower court opinion that went against him, but the President still has upcoming hurdles should he try to push through his policy based on census data in his final days in office. https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/18/politics/supreme-court-census-undocumented-immigrants/index.html

  4. Update says:

    “Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats” (1/13/21) https://apnews.com/article/census-2020-report-undocumented-4648266fc08d2680fb0545731dfbcdf3
    “Census war rages ahead of critical data release : Congressional Democrats want the director of the Census Bureau to resign — or be fired by incoming President Joe Biden — before the bureau releases data from last year’s decennial count.” (1/15/21) https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/15/census-director-data-release-459555
    “Trump’s Final Attempt to Sabotage the Census Has Officially Failed” (1/15/21) https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/trump-census-apportionment-undocumented-immigrants-fail.html
    “A high-stakes, six-month battle over who should be counted for representation in Congress ended quietly in a judge’s chamber Friday night when the Trump administration agreed not to release any population numbers from the 2020 Census for congressional apportionment or redistricting before the president leaves office.” (1/16/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/census-battle-ends-as-trump-administration-gives-up-on-excluding-undocumented-from-apportionment/2021/01/16/bd17025c-57ba-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html

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