House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s criticism against President Trump for wanting to add a question on the 2020 census about citizenship status.
The Supreme Court blocked the President’s efforts on June 27, but Trump is still pressing forward to add the question.
“So important for our Country that the very simple and basic ‘Are you a Citizen of the United States?’ question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census,” President Trump tweeted on July 4.
AG Barr told reporters on Monday that “over the next day or two” the decision on what approach taken by the administration for the census citizenship question will be made known, and he believes there’s a legal “pathway for getting the question on the census.”
House speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, claimed that President Trump wants to add the citizenship question because he allegedly wants to “Make America White Again.”
“This is about keeping — you know, Make America, you know his hat — Make America White Again,” Nancy Pelosi said on Monday at a press conference. “They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.”
“What they want to do is to put a chilling effect so that certain populations will not answer the form.” Nancy Pelosi added.
Kevin McCarthy appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, and pressed that “time is critical” in getting the citizenship question on the census.
“You only do this once every 10 years. It has been on the form, especially the long form up until President Obama took it off. So it is one time you can ask the question, to see who is in this country and ask all the different questions.” He said.
“You can’t go do this next year or the other. That’s why it is so critical to get this done now because they are printing it as we speak.” He added.
When he was asked about Nancy Pelosi’s claim that President Trump is trying to “Make America White Again,” the Republican lawmaker pushed back, calling it “so untrue.” He continued to point to achievements under the Trump administration for Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and “all of America.”