We all thought this was over, but Donald Trump’s consigliere, William Barr, is determined to pave the way for a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Because … Donald Trump says so, apparently. Yup, that’s it. No other reason. Honestly, what other reason could there be?
Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes the Trump administration can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, though the Supreme Court ruled against its inclusion last month.
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” Barr told the AP. The attorney general added that he thinks there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
The Supreme Court already shut down the citizenship question, ruling 5-4 that the administration’s stated reason for its inclusion — that it needed to include the question in order to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act — was “contrived” (i.e., bullshit).
And after concocting the Voting Rights Act story, the DOJ seems to be in a bit of a pickle, because it now has to concoct some other kind of bullshit, and that’s hard to do when you’ve exhausted all your credibility arguing for the original bullshit.
The DOJ also announced late Sunday that it was pulling its entire legal team for the citizenship question off the case, and replacing them with other government lawyers.
That move has fueled speculation that career DOJ lawyers refused to provide another rationale behind the citizenship question after repeatedly citing the Voting Rights Act in court or that officials feared they would no longer be viewed as trustworthy by judges presiding over the cases.
In other words, if Donald Trump wants to do something, he’s not going to give up on doing it, so long as it’s sufficiently underhanded and evil. But give a toddler some soap and a cot? Nah, too hard.
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