The Supreme Court recently blocked a citizenship question from the 2020 United States Census in a blow to President Donald Trump. Not one to take a loss lying down, Trump took to Twitter to say he’d be consulting with lawyers to explore his options of delaying the census, which is constitutionally mandated to occur every ten years.
On Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross confirmed to reporters on the record that they had already begun printing the decennial census without the citizenship question. A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed this.
Then, on Wednesday, things got weird.
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! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
While many of the reports Trump deems as fake usually rely on unnamed sources, Trump is directly contradicting two on-the-record, reliable sources, including his own commerce secretary.
People were quick to point out the glaring contradiction.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross yesterday: “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.” https://t.co/ykvFjMtJUF
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 3, 2019
The Census is already being printed per your own administration. https://t.co/SKjEbQS4GO
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) July 3, 2019
Ummm so yeah there was literally a email from the DOJ confirming there would be no question added.
— Taneesha (@WhoKares34) July 3, 2019
Here’s the email from DOJ pic.twitter.com/PdyfK0a1hJ
— Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) July 2, 2019
It had people wondering: Is the man okay?
Can we all just agree that Trump’s dementia is getting worse? Pence had to be called back to DC because Donnie had no idea he was President…
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) July 3, 2019
Do you even know what your own administration is doing? https://t.co/AHauIJKgCl
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 3, 2019
Who even knows anymore?