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Trump Pivots on Census Question, Will Instead Collect Citizenship Data with Executive Action

The fake news reported Trump capitulated on the question, but they were being deceptive.

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President Trump said today during an address at the White House that he will not be including the citizenship question on the 2020 census following a Supreme Court ruling that blocked his administration’s initial attempt to do so.

Although Trump is pivoting on the citizenship question, he maintains that his administration is not giving up on the fight.

“Today I’m here to say we are not backing down in our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” Trump said to reporters in the Rose Garden.

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“We will leave no stone unturned,” Trump added.

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Trump blamed the census problem on “far-left Democrats” who want to “conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst.” He will be issuing an executive order that Trump believes will thwart their efforts.

ABC News released a deceitful report earlier today claiming that Trump was “backing down” from his efforts.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is still enraged that Trump is moving forward with enforcing the law, inferring that he is a racist for wanting an accurate count of who exactly is in America.

“President Trump is so intent on intimidating communities of color that even when the courts and rule of law thwart him, he still tries to persist in his ham-handed ways,” Schumer said in a public statement.

“The president’s retreat on adding the misguided citizen question to the census was long overdue and is a significant victory for democracy and fair representation. Every person must be counted and no one should be intimidated by the president and his capricious behavior,” he added.

Attorney General Bill Barr will be tasked with collecting information as the result of Trump’s executive order that will help the administration determine the makeup of the congressional appointment and Electoral College more accurately.

“That information will be used for countless purposes. For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. … We will be studying this issue,” Barr said.

DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said to Fox News that the legal fight related to the citizenship question on the 2020 census is now concluded because of Trump’s decision to issue the executive order.

“The Supreme Court held that Secretary Ross reasonably concluded that including the citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census would provide the most complete and accurate citizenship information, but it invalidated his decision to include that question on other grounds,” Kupec said.

“The Department of Justice disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision. Today’s Executive Order represents an alternative path to collecting the best citizenship data now available, which is vital for informed policymaking and numerous other reasons. Accordingly, the Department will promptly inform the courts that the Government will not include a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census,” she added.

Despite the fact that Trump has changed his tactics, he continues to talk about the ridiculousness of the SCOTUS ruling.

“We spend $20 billion on a census,” Trump said during his social media summit earlier in the day. “They go through houses, they go up, they ring doorbells, they talk to people. How many toilets do they have? How many desks do they have? How many beds? What’s their roof made of?”

“The only thing we can’t ask is, are you a citizen of the United States. Isn’t it the craziest thing?” Trump asked.

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POLL: 15% of Sanders Supporters Plan to Vote For Donald Trump in November

They prefer Trump to an establishment Democrat.

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New polling from ABC suggests that Donald Trump is primed to win over a significant share of Bernie Sanders primary voters in the November general election, suggesting that some of Bernie’s Bros don’t intend to bend the knee to likely establishment Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The poll reveals that 15% of self-identifying Bernie Sanders supporters already plan on voting for Trump in November. President Trump ultimately ended up winning the votes of 12% of 2016 Sanders supporters, suggesting he’s increased his appeal to the democratic socialist’s supporters.

Some centrist Democrats have expressed their personal distaste of Sanders(and some Gabbard) supporters on account of their perceived unwillingness to vote for the Democratic nominee, forgetting that it’s the obligation of American political candidates to win the votes of citizens who chose to support their opponents in primaries.

While Trump and Sanders are on opposite ends of the American political spectrum, they could be compared in a sense that they’re both considered political populists. Trump’s policy positions on trade, some foreign policy, and American manufacturing are closer to the Sanders’ views than Joe Biden’s reheated neoliberal political program.

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Perhaps even more significantly, the poll shows that Biden gauges the lowest ever recorded “enthusiasm level” for a Democratic Presidential nominee. A paltry 24% of likely Biden voters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” to vote for him in November.

With a voter base that seems lethargic in an unprecedented fashion, it’s possible that Joe Biden could go down as the most “low energy” major Presidential candidate in recent American political history.

The poll’s general election survey reveals a tight contest between Biden and Trump, with the former Vice President leading within the margin of error by 49% to 47%. Trump’s polling has improved significantly in recent weeks in ABC’s surveys, in part because of high public approval of the federal response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic.

Biden seems to have largely disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the historical epidemic, only sparsely appearing on public broadcasts in bizarre gaffe-filled livestreams from a converted recreation room in his Delaware home.

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