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Politics‘A willingness to fight’: Win or lose, Trump’s push for a citizenship question in the Census is red meat for his base

16:05  06 july  2019
16:05  06 july  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Supreme Court Leaves Census Question on Citizenship in Doubt

Supreme Court Leaves Census Question on Citizenship in Doubt In a setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Thursday sent back to a lower court a case on whether the census should contain a citizenship question, leaving in doubt whether the question would be on the 2020 census. 

Trump ’ s willingness to push the limit to fight for his priorities might also come across as chaos to some moderate voters. Trump banned transgender troops from serving in the military and announced he was pulling troops out of Syria without getting buy-in from then-Defense Secretary Jim

President Trump on Thursday announce he is ending his fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census and will try us other means. Trump backs down on adding citizenship question to censusPresident Donald Trump will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce

‘A willingness to fight’: Win or lose, Trump’s push for a citizenship question in the Census is red meat for his base© Evan Vucci/AP President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for his Bedminster, N.J. golf club, Friday. The government had begun printing Census forms, the Commerce Department had publicly announced its legal surrender and Justice Department lawyers had rested their case in court. But President Trump wasn’t ready to give up the fight.

With a tweet that sent much of his administration scrambling over the July 4 holiday, Trump decided to unilaterally revive the government’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

It’s a move that fits into a long pattern of Trump going to the mat — and occasionally overruling his own administration — to force a fight over controversial issues. While the strategy has so far yielded mixed results, it nonetheless allows Trump to cast himself as a relentless change agent — an image that has become central to his reelection bid.

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Democrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are celebrating the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it will forgo adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Critics have pushed back on the White House's efforts to ensure its inclusion for months, arguing it had the potential to cause noncitizens and anyone else in their households to skip filling out the question or partaking in the census altogether, which could lead to an inaccurate count.

President Donald Trump dropped a fight to put a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census , but ordered federal agencies to give the Commerce Department all records requested that could detail how many citizens and non-citizens live in the United States. Attorney General William Barr said at a

The president contradicted statements by his Justice and Commerce Departments that census forms were being printed without the question and they would heed a court ruling. The justices gave a limited ruling on the Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census .

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“We’re fighting very hard against the system, that’s a very difficult system but we’ll make a decision,” Trump told reporters Friday, adding that he was “thinking of” issuing an executive order to add the citizenship question to Census forms.

The Trump administration, which told a federal court Friday that it would reverse its plans and continue pursuing the citizenship question, faces long odds. The Supreme Court last week blocked the government from moving ahead with asking about citizenship, after saying the administration’s stated rationale was “contrived.”

Stung by that legal rebuke, and facing fast-arriving deadlines to move forward with the Constitutionally-mandated census, Trump’s government publicly decided to drop its effort to add the citizenship question. On Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the decennial population tally, said the administration was abandoning its effort and had begun printing the census forms without the citizenship question.

Justice Department Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders

Justice Department Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders A day after pledging that the 2020 census would not ask respondents about their citizenship, the Justice Department reversed course on Wednesday and said it was hunting for a way to restore the question on orders from President Trump. Officials told a federal judge in Maryland that they thought there would be a way to still add the question, despite printing deadlines, and that they would ask the Supreme Court to send the case to district court with instructions to remedy the situation.

The census determines how political districts are mapped — and many immigrants are already saying they won ’t participate if asked about citizenship . But he had another, less visible priority: adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census , which the Commerce Department supervises.

The Trump administration argues that including that question on census forms is an important part of its efforts to protect the voting rights of the nation’ s minority residents. Under the Constitution, once every 10 years the federal government is required to count every person in the country.

But the appearance of a premature surrender — and the backlash it caused among conservatives — was enough to cause Trump to intervene.

“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 tweeted Wednesday. “We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

The president has repeatedly rushed into the brink with last-minute reversals in similar situations, creating the impression that he is saving his administration from throwing in the towel on key priorities before exhausting all options.

In December, after Trump’s congressional negotiators had agreed to support a bipartisan spending deal to keep the government open — without providing funding for building new border barriers — Trump overruled them.

Trump administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census

Trump administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census A federal judge in Maryland overseeing one of three lawsuits on the matter gave the administration until 2 p.m. Friday to explain how it intends to proceed. The printing of census forms continued Thursday, according to administration officials. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post The question had seemed settled after the Supreme Court ruled last week against the Trump administration. As late as Tuesday evening, the secretary of commerce, who oversees the census, said the administration was dropping its effort and was printing the census forms without the citizenship question.

President Trump threatened to delay next year' s constitutionally mandated head count hours after the Supreme Court How The Fight Over The Census Citizenship Question Could Rage On. But Judge Hazel wrote in an opinion released Monday that plaintiffs in the Maryland- based lawsuits have

Several reasons. The citizenship question was on many previous censuses , with virtually no opposition. Because he assumes Hispanic people will vote Democrat. By putting a citizenship question on the census a lot of Hispanics people will avoid being counted for fear that they or family

‘A willingness to fight’: Win or lose, Trump’s push for a citizenship question in the Census is red meat for his base© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday. A 35-day partial government shutdown ensued, with the president and lawmakers locked in a stalemate over border-wall funding. Trump used the battle to attempt to bolster his political prospects, running digital ads to inform voters about his hard-line position.

When Trump did finally agree to give in and sign a spending bill, he coupled his surrender with the announcement of a national emergency declaration that he said would allow the government to repurpose existing funds to build the wall.

Several federal judges have since ruled against Trump’s effort to spend taxpayer money without congressional approval.

Despite the legal setbacks, the president can still tell voters he is fighting as hard as possible for his priorities, said Doug Heye, a former spokesman for the Republican House leadership and the Republican National Committee.

“For a big part of the base, activity is achievement,” he said. “Demonstrating a willingness to fight is not just as important but, to a big part of the base, more important than having a cohesive strategy to win.”

Barr Says Legal Path to Census Citizenship Question Exists but Gives No Details

Barr Says Legal Path to Census Citizenship Question Exists but Gives No Details EDGEFIELD, S.C. — President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr began working to find a way to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census just after the Supreme Court blocked its inclusion last month, Mr. Barr said on Monday, adding that he believes that the administration can find a legal path to incorporating the question. “The president is right on the legal grounds. I felt the Supreme Court decision was wrong, but it also made clear that the question was a perfectly legal question to ask, but the record had to be clarified,” Mr. Barr said in an interview.

For Trump, losing quietly on certain issues is more personally offensive than going down with a dramatic fight, said Tim O’Brien, author of the Trump biography “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.”

“This is a president who always thinks theatrically — he doesn’t think strategically,” he said. “The second any issue gets perceived or portrayed as ‘Trump lost,' is almost a guarantor that he’s going to change course pretty quickly.”

For a president who promised voters they would be tired of winning, Trump has shown no hesitation to take on losing legal battles. Courts have struck down his attempts to strip money from sanctuary cities, block congressional inquiries into his finances and overturn several environmental regulations.

In all, federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration more than 60 times over the last two years.

Trump usually appeals negative rulings against him, often with the goal of reaching the Supreme Court — a strategy he described in transparent detail after his national emergency declaration in February.

“We’ll have a national emergency, and we will then be sued and they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit,” he said in a February news conference in the Rose Garden. “We will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake, and we’ll win in the Supreme Court.”

The real reason for the census debacle? Trump just wants to fight.

The real reason for the census debacle? Trump just wants to fight. Republicans are showing us how to manipulate the census for political gain.

In the legal battle over the census, the high court did not serve as Trump’s buffer against lower courts. Opponents have argued before federal judges that the citizenship question would result in an undercount of millions of people who fear acknowledging that a noncitizen is part of their household. Hispanics would be disproportionately affected.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his opinion that the Commerce Department’s stated purpose for adding the question — that it was requested by the Justice Department to aid in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act — did not past muster.

But where his lawyers saw defeat, Trump saw an invitation to try again.

“I have a lot of respect for Justice Roberts, but he didn’t like it, but he did say, ‘Come back,'“ Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. “Essentially he said, ‘Come back.’”

‘A willingness to fight’: Win or lose, Trump’s push for a citizenship question in the Census is red meat for his base© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump stops to talk to guests as he walks to board Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday. Heye said Trump will not hesitate to use negative court rulings to his political advantage, by casting himself as a victim of an unfair system.

“If you’re in Trump’s base, everything that he does reinforces his central argument that the system is rigged,” he said. “So if the court rules in his favor, it’s a big victory for Trump. If the court rules against him, Trump can say, ‘This is how rigged the system is against you.’ Win or lose, he still can move that argument forward.’’

While the base-first strategy has helped solidify Trump’s support, it’s not clear if the president’s approach does more harm than good for his electoral prospects.

But Trump’s willingness to push the limit to fight for his priorities might also come across as chaos to some moderate voters.

On trade, Trump revived a skirmish with China with new tariffs last year after his treasury secretary said publicly that the U.S. was “putting the trade war on hold.” Trump banned transgender troops from serving in the military and announced he was pulling troops out of Syria without getting buy-in from then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who abruptly resigned in December after the decision.

And on immigration, he has threatened to shut down the southern border, impose tariffs on Mexico, and reinstitute family separations.

Accusations that he is politicizing the Census, or sparking a potential constitutional crisis by defying a judge’s ruling to add a citizenship question, could add to the sense of White House disorder that has turned off swing voters, O’Brien said.

“Immigration is an issue where there is an overwhelmingly broad public consensus,” he said. “People support immigration as long as it’s well-managed, and they don’t want to see it politicized.”

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