A voting rights expert is weighing in on what President Donald Trump just announced, and says Americans were right to be wary of the administration’s goals in adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census.
While Trump was forced to back down from adding the question to the Census – thanks to the U.S Supreme Court and other federal court rulings – he says he will direct every government department to hand over all data they have to determine how many people in the U.S. are citizens, non-citizens, and undocumented immigrants.
Ari Berman, who writes at Mother Jones and is the author of the book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” says that Trump’s remarks today reveal what the goal has been in adding the citizenship question all along.
Berman points to Trump’s comments about the Census and “voter eligible population,” saying the goal “all along was to draw districts to shift power to white GOP areas.”
“Some states may want to draw districts based on voter eligible population,” Trump says
There you have it. The goal of citizenship question all along was to draw districts to shift power to white GOP areas
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) July 11, 2019
And Berman continues, saying the danger from GOP activists is not over:
Trump ordering Commerce Dept to still collect citizenship data means GOP can try to draw districts based on citizenship rather than total population in 2021. GOP gerrymandering guru said this would be “advantageous to Republicans & Non-Hispanic Whites.” https://t.co/BLQCoCxp4O pic.twitter.com/4LTXVxFfEd
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) July 11, 2019
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‘Total Failure’: Voters in COVID-Afflicted Texas City Go Off on Trump’s Pandemic Response
The city of McKinney, Texas has traditionally been a Republican stronghold in the Lone Star state.
However, some voters in the city told CNN this week that they are completely fed up with the way the president is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Failure,” said local resident Greg Evans. “Total failure. His actions and lack of actions have exacerbated the effects of the pandemic on all Americans.”
“He’s not taking responsibility for anything he does,” explained Wanda Phillips, who will be supporting former Vice President Joe Biden this fall. “He always blames someone else.”
Amir Haddad, meanwhile, hammered the president for saying the virus would “just go away by itself.”
“Those are the things that really bother me as a citizen,” he said. “He really takes it very lightly.”
However, Trump supporter Cecilia Levings told CNN that many people are simply second guessing the president and playing “armchair quarterback.”
Watch the video below.
‘So Are White People’: Trump Lashes Out at Reporter’s ‘Terrible Question’ About Black Americans Being Killed by Cops
President Donald Trump lashed out at a CBS News reporter Tuesday afternoon, calling her question about Black Americans being killed by police “terrible.” He then repeatedly insisted that white people are also being killed by law enforcement, suggesting because of that it isn’t a problem.
“You said George Floyd’s death was a terrible thing,” CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge told the President in an interview outside the White House. “Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?”
“And so are white people,” Trump replied. “So are white people,” he repeated with indignation.
“What a terrible question to ask,” the president added, as he often does when speaking with reporters who are women. “So are white people,” he said for the third time, as if he were personally offended.
“More white people, by the way,” Trump continued, clearly aggrieved, and as if he were correcting Herridge. “More white people.”
President Trump tells @CBS_Herridge that “more White people” are dying at the hands of police than Black people. Watch excerpts on CBSN, more tonight on @CBSEveningNews and tomorrow on @CBSThisMorning https://t.co/NeBLT0LG0p pic.twitter.com/XIwyARJBBl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 14, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With ‘Possible Infection’: Report
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized with a “possible infection,” according to CNBC.
She has been sent to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, the Supreme Court says in a statement, noting she had “fever and chills” last night.
Currently she is “resting comfortably” and is on intravenous antibiotics.
— Nicole Ninh (@nicninh) July 14, 2020
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