The president weighed in as a House Committee prepared to issue subpoenas of his attorney general and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the matter – which has the potential to impact the tally that determines congressional districts and therefore representation in Congress.
‘Can you believe that the Radical Left Democrats want to do our new and very important Census Report without the all important Citizenship Question,’ Trump Tweeted, without appending a question mark to his statement.
The president continued: ‘Report would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together!’
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, called the citizenship question on the Census ‘all important’
The president’s blunt assessment of the question – calling it ‘all important’ and saying the Census would be meaningless without it – comes as his administration fends off court and congressional action claiming the move was the result of political motivations.
His tweet came just minutes after MSNBC aired a segment on the heated topic, where National Urban League Marc Morial, said the question was meant to ‘dissuade and intimidate people from participating in the census.’
Host Joe Scarborough retweeted Trump’s missive, adding: ‘Donald thanks for watching (as always). I’m glad you found our segment thought provoking.’ A federal judge has already ruled that the administration can’t include the question on the 2020 Census, and the Supreme Court is set to take up the case this week.
The president attacked Democrats and said without the question the Census would be ‘meaningless’
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross faces a possible subpoena for additional documents about the process that led to the decision on the Census
Detained migrants are loaded into a U.S. Border Patrol van at the border of the United States and Mexico on March 31, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to close the United States border if Mexico does not stem the flow of illegal migrants trying to cross. Critics say the citizenship question could deter even legal migrants from filling out the form – thereby lowering the count and impacting representation
The subpoena also could hit Attorney General Bill Barr
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has testified that his agency added the question, which would inquire whether respondents are citizens, after the Justice Department said it would help better enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The new approach was rejected by six prior Census heads in Republican and Democratic administrations.
But House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote Ross and said the panel ‘is seeking to understand the real reason that you added a citizenship question to the 2020 census.’
He Ross until Monday to provide the documents he is seeking. Commerce says it has turned over 11,000 documents already.