President Trump has decided the 2020 census does not need to have a question about citizenship on it after all. He told reporters on Thursday that he’s dropping the effort to add the hotly debated question to the survey, instead issuing an executive order “requiring federal agencies to provide the Commerce Department information on citizens and noncitizens in the United States.”
Several Democrats running for President, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren weighed in on the decision.
Buttigieg said it was a “face saving reversal” in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“It sounds like a face-saving way to recognize that he’s been on the wrong side of the law throughout,” he said. “There are any number of ways to do research on issues like immigration, but tinkering with the census was clearly racially and politically motivated.”
“It’s why it was held to be unlawful by the courts,” Buttigieg added. “And it sounds — although he changes his mind from day to day, so you don’t really know for sure but — it sounds like he was at least at last recognizing reality and backing down.”
Warren was a bit harsher, saying “WOW! He’s going to actually follow the law?”
She addressed the news a town hall, adding “This is not about trying to find out real information about citizenship and non-citizenship in America,” she continued. “This is just about trying to stir up more hate. To try to get some more people excited.”