2019-07-09 15:02:45 UTC
*Kellyanne Conway has opened a new front in the White House's war on Democrats
over the U.S. Census
Administration wants a citizenship question on the census for the first time
Supreme Court has already slapped back, sending the matter back to a lower
court after ruling that the commerce secretary lied about his reasons
Now Conway says the census already asks Americans how many toilets they have,
'and you don't want to know who's using them? It's absolutely ridiculous'
Attorney general said the Supreme Court was 'wrong' and the administration
would make its next move in the coming days
53 per cent of American citizens want a citizenship question asked in the 2020
Census; 32 per cent say no
Liberals fear including the question would intimidate illegal immigrants into
refraining from participating
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has opened up a new war on Democrats over the
U.S. Census, saying that asking Americans about the toilets in their homes
should be followed by a question about who's sitting on them.
The administration wants to restore a line that has been missing from census
questionnaires since 1950, which asked whether respondents were U.S. citizens.
Democrats are opposed to the idea.
'We're asking how many toilets in your house and you don't want to know who's
using them? It's absolutely ridiculous,' Conway said Tuesday on 'Fox & Friends.'
'And this is why the president is fighting for its inclusion. Look, this country
has said the census is important,' she said.
The 2000 Census asked: 'Do you have COMPLETE plumbing facilities in this house,
apartment, or mobile home; that is, 1) hot and cold piped water, 2) a flush
toilet, and 3) a bathtub or shower?' It did not ask how many toilets were in
Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he sees a way to legally add a
citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite a Supreme Court ruling that
blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department will
take action in the coming days that he believes will give Trump a victory.
Barr did not elaborate. A senior official said Trump is expected to issue a
memorandum to the Commerce Department which may be an executive order
instructing it to require census respondents to say whether they are citizens.
The Census Bureau's experts have said demanding that information could
discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less
That would redistribute money and political power away from Democratic-led
cities where illegal immigrants tend to cluster, and favor whiter, rural areas
where Republicans do well.