Pelosi: Census citizenship question aimed to ‘make America white again’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  (D-Calif.) accused President Donald Trump of having a goal of ‘making America white again’ with his scheme to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Pelosi said Monday that Trump’s push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census is an effort to “make America white again,” an adaptation of the Repubican’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

At a San Francisco event on election security legislation, Pelosi referred to the red hats that are popular among Trump supporters and said, “This is about keeping — You know his hat? — ‘Making America white again.”

“They want to make sure that certain people are counted. It’s really disgraceful. And it’s not what our founders had in mind,” Pelosi said. “What they want to do is put a chilling effect so certain populations will not answer the form.”

Democrats fighting for an accurate census count are seeking sufficient funding to ensure everyone is counted.

“The Trump Administration put our country through more than a year of wasted time and squandered resources — all in the service of an illegal attempt to add a discriminatory question based on a pretext,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, which voted to hold two Cabinet members in contempt of Congress.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted last month to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to produce documents about adding the citizenship question to the census. 

“Now they need to direct all their attention to the nuts and bolts of putting on the Census next year,” said Cummings.  “The Census Bureau has a responsibility under the Constitution to get an accurate count.”

Subsequently, Trump told reporters he is considering an executive order to include the citizenship inquiry on the census.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the administration’s argument that the question is needed to enforce a federal voting rights law didn’t hold up. 

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