Trump says he still plans to rig the census — his officials are just lying


Trump insists he still wants to rig the 2020 census even after his own administration has given up on the effort.

Trump effectively called several members of his own administration liars in a bizarre Wednesday morning statement that implied he is still trying to rig the 2020 census.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not give good enough reasons for adding a racist question about citizenship to the 2020 census, and therefore could not include the question. On Tuesday, both the Department of Justice and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that the 2020 census would be printed without the citizenship question.

But Trump apparently did not get the memo.

"The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!" Trump said Wednesday morning. "We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question."

Ross released a statement on Tuesday saying, "The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census."

Further, a Department of Justice lawyer sent an email stating, "We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question."

If Trump is accusing journalists of producing fake news by printing the statement of Trump's commerce secretary, then Trump is accusing his own administration officials of producing fake news.

Trump is required by both federal law and the U.S. Constitution to conduct a census starting in April 2020.

Experts agree that the addition of a citizenship question would have led to a massive undercount of American residents, disproportionately Hispanic and black residents. A Republican operative pushed to add the citizenship question because it would be "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."

Despite a Supreme Court ruling, and despite statements from numerous federal officials including a Cabinet secretary, Trump still seems unwilling to give up on the idea of rigging the census to help Republicans.

It is unclear how accusing his own administration officials of lying furthers his goal.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.