Trump blasts ‘totally ridiculous’ Supreme Court ruling against census citizenship question

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

In a shocking decision Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s effort to reinstate a question on citizenship on the 2020 census, sending the dispute back to the lower courts. 

Furious at the decision, President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter: “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.”

“Only in America”

In the two-part tweet, Trump continued, “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!”

Roberts joins liberal justices

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices who agreed with the complainants and lower courts that the administration’s reasoning and rationale for the inclusion of the question seemed “contrived.”

In reality, the only thing “contrived” is the belief that the administration needed to justify the inclusion of the citizenship question to begin with.

Even the Syllabus of the Department of Commerce v. New York opinion noted in the very second line that Congress had delegated full authority to the Commerce secretary, by virtue of the Census Act, “the task of conducting the de-cennial census ‘in such form and content as he may determine.'”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross offered up a rationale for the inclusion of the citizenship question, chiefly, that doing so would provide substantial data necessary to aid in the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, in addition to the obvious reasoning that a government should know how many citizens and non-citizens resided in the country, not to mention the fundamental rationale for the Census in the first place — appropriate apportionment of representation based on population.

Activists and the lower courts, now joined by Roberts and the liberal justices, rejected the government’s stated reasons and suggested that the inclusion of the citizenship question was instead driven by unstated racism, xenophobia, and a desire to oppress minorities — an absurdly unfair and obstructionist argument.

Thomas dissents

In a scathing dissent, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, wrote that the court had, in unprecedented fashion, chosen to invalidate “an agency action solely because it questions the sincerity of the agency’s otherwise adequate rationale.”

“Unable to identify any legal problem with the Secretary’s reasoning, the Court imputes one by concluding that he must not be telling the truth,” he added, noting that the court had just established a precedent that would come back to haunt them.

As noted above, the Supreme Court didn’t necessarily say that a citizenship question — which for a long period was a standard part of the Census — could never be included. In essence, all the court did was kick this current dispute back down to the lower courts with a “try again” message.

Whether the administration continues to press the issue, or even temporarily delays the census, to get the citizenship question included on the 2020 Census remains to be seen.

145 Responses

  1. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. Iím going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  2. Greetings I am so thrilled I found your web site, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a tremendous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I dont have time to read it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the awesome job.

  3. Thank you for this article. I might also like to talk about the fact that it can end up being hard if you find yourself in school and starting out to initiate a long history of credit. There are many individuals who are simply trying to survive and have a lengthy or favourable credit history can sometimes be a difficult matter to have.

  4. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand why I cannot join it. Is there anybody having identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  5. I truly love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own site and would love to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Thank you!

  6. I really like your writing style, great information, appreciate it for posting :D. “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk” by Laurence J. Peter.

  7. Great blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  8. I wanted to draft you the bit of note to be able to say thank you over again for these wonderful concepts you have discussed on this page. It is generous of people like you giving extensively all a lot of folks might have made available as an electronic book to help make some dough for their own end, and in particular since you might well have done it in the event you considered necessary. Those tips in addition served like the fantastic way to realize that someone else have the identical interest similar to my very own to understand a good deal more with respect to this problem. I am sure there are some more fun instances up front for those who look into your blog post.

  9. I do trust all the ideas you have offered in your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too short for beginners. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  10. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same subjects you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  11. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  12. I simply wished to appreciate you once again. I’m not certain what I might have used without the actual basics revealed by you regarding this area of interest. Completely was an absolute troublesome difficulty in my position, nevertheless looking at this skilled form you managed the issue forced me to weep over joy. I am thankful for your advice and thus believe you realize what a powerful job you happen to be doing educating many others thru your website. I know that you haven’t encountered any of us.

  13. My spouse and i were so glad when Louis managed to finish up his studies while using the precious recommendations he had through the weblog. It’s not at all simplistic just to always be freely giving secrets and techniques people today may have been selling. And now we keep in mind we have got the blog owner to be grateful to for this. All of the explanations you have made, the easy site navigation, the friendships you aid to engender – it’s mostly amazing, and it is facilitating our son in addition to us imagine that this matter is satisfying, which is certainly unbelievably serious. Thanks for all!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.