The Supreme Court won't immediately allow a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, it announced on Thursday. Though the final fate of the ruling will likely be in front of the court at a later date, the government has stressed to the court that time is running out, and that the census questionnaire must be finalized by the end of the month.
President Donald Trump—a staunch supporter of adding the citizenship question to the census—announced that he'd push to delay the census all together "no matter how long," until the Supreme Court rules on the question once and for all.
Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a v… https://t.co/wxMiGvZujI— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561657052.0
.....United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decisi… https://t.co/lr9ZVghGl9— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1561657052.0
There's just one problem: The United States Constitution, specifically Article one, Section two, which states:
"Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ...within every subsequent Term of ten Years."
The census is constitutionally mandated to go out in April of 2020, but Trump appears to think that "every subsequent term of ten years" is somehow negotiable.
People are pointing out that that is not the case.
@realDonaldTrump The Constitution says otherwise, President Very Stable Genius.— Anita Creamer (@Anita Creamer) 1561664800.0
@realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse Read Article I, Section 2 of the US Constitution, pal. Ten years. Every ten years.— Anne Cirelli (@Anne Cirelli) 1561664435.0
@realDonaldTrump The Constitution does get in your way a lot.— Duff Pickering (@Duff Pickering) 1561664476.0
@realDonaldTrump Article 1.2: "The actual Enumeration shall be made ... within every subsequent Term of ten Years"… https://t.co/XfpoI4CRkG— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild) 1561659006.0
@realDonaldTrump Mostly because it is in the constitution that you claim to love so much— Cole Clark (@Cole Clark) 1561665214.0
Trump's disregard for the constitution has many worried for what it could foretell.
this is how y'all fail us. you could have easily tweeted that this won't/can't happen, no matter how much he says… https://t.co/HaChZltoTv— jenifer daniels 🧜🏾♀️ (@jenifer daniels 🧜🏾♀️) 1561662255.0
POWER GRAB ALERT! The once-a-decade census is prescribed by the Constitution. If we let Trump mess with that, who… https://t.co/HEViVkpGiB— MN Constituent (@MN Constituent) 1561658727.0