The Trump administration is absolutely bonkers – which comes as a surprise to no one at this point, but it’s remarkable how many different ways it manifests itself.
As the president finalizes plans for his moment of self-aggrandizement on the National Mall on Thursday – Tanks! Fighter jets! VIP tickets to supporters! – he took to Twitter to announce that, in fact, he was not giving up on trying to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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
Yet Justice Department lawyers said they were dropping the fight in an email to attorneys for the organizations that pushed the issue to the Supreme Court, which, to remind you, ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied about why such a question is necessary.
Though it looks like the federal court in Maryland overseeing that case knows exactly how reliable this administration’s word is.
The court ordered the two sides to put down in writing by Monday that the government is, indeed, dropping its push to add the question.
It’s worth noting that the government argued that it needed a fast-track decision by the Supreme Court because it had to start the printing process by July 1, though another government official testified they could push that back as late as Oct. 1.
THREAD: While we wait to hear if the Trump admin won't try again for #CitizenshipQuestion, here are all the times US Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the Supreme Court that #2020Census forms needed to be finalized by yesterday (June 30) so printing can start today (July 1)👇— Hansi Lo Wang (@hansilowang) July 1, 2019
Exactly what Trump has up his sleeve at this point is unknown. In fact, there’s a very good chance even he doesn’t know what he will do, and that when he reaches up his sleeve, he will find nothing.
As we’ve all learned, nothing the president says can be believed, and no threatened or promised action can be trusted until, in fact, it has happened.
And even then, you have to leave a little margin for a post-decision re-decision, kind of like watching an airplane take off and then suddenly turn around and land.