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Trump Responds to 'Ridiculous' Census Ruling

POTUS suggests delaying census
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2019 2:34 PM CDT
President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Japan for the G-20 summit.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump has weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and, not surprisingly, he is not pleased. The high court blocked the addition of the question, for now, because it didn't find the White House's argument justified adding such a question. "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 wrote in a series of tweets Thursday. "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!"

As the Washington Post explains, it's possible the Commerce Department could "come up with a better explanation" for the question that is met with judicial approval, but it's not clear whether the administration has enough time—hence Trump's suggestion of a delay. The Constitution requires the US population be counted every 10 years, but it doesn’t specify when exactly during the 10th year the census must be conducted. However, the White House has said a decision was needed by the end of June in order to add the question. "The problem at this point is not that the Constitution is dictating when the form needs to be finalized, but that the government has articulated the clock has run out," a constitutional law expert and professor tells the Post. "The government has arguably not been fully candid with the courts to this point, and it won’t help the administration if they end up changing their tune." (Another big SCOTUS headline today has to do with gerrymandering.)

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