2020 Democrats celebrate Supreme Court citizenship question decision

2020 Democrats celebrate Supreme Court citizenship question decision
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Democratic presidential candidates celebrated Thursday morning's Supreme Court decision blocking the Trump administration's request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. 

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court's liberal wing in a decision ruling 5-4 that the Trump administration did not give adequate reason for adding the question.


Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharScammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (D-Minn.) called the decision a "victory for our democracy."

"But the fight is not over, so let's keep working to make sure everyone is counted," Klobuchar said.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.), meanwhile, said the question was a "racist attempt to disenfranchise communities of color." 

 "Trump lied about his motivations, and five justices called him on it," Sanders said.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellJuan Williams: Defeated Trump is in legal peril Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad Graham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' MORE (D-Calif.) said the verdict is a "major win for democracy." 

"But the fight to ensure every voice is heard is not over. We must continue reassuring communities of color that census participation is safe, important, and necessary," Swalwell said.

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioLawyer who inspired ABC's 'For Life' to run for mayor of New York Rockefeller Center Christmas tree viewing limited to 5 minutes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE (D) echoed sentiments that the census decision is a "key victory," but not the end of the battle.

“Cities across the country have stood together and made clear: if you live in the United States, regardless of immigration status, you are seen, you are heard and you must be counted," de Blasio said in an emailed statement. "We must continue to resoundingly reject the politics of division and hate and fight for the fair representation this nation was built on. The President’s hateful administration won’t silence our voice. We must all stand up and be counted.”

And Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonBattle for Pentagon post in Biden Cabinet heats up US national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper | Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon | Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up | Pelosi says Esper firing shows Trump intent on sowing 'chaos' MORE (D-Mass.) said the key words in the decision are "for now." 

"Between the census and today's gerrymandering ruling, it's clear that Republicans want to choose their voters—because they know the American people won't choose them. This is a big win, but the fight is far from over," Moulton said. 


The court also ruled 5-4 on Thursday that political partisan gerrymandering cases present a question courts cannot decide. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' Top intelligence official says China targeting foreign influence at incoming Biden administration MORE (D-Calif.) said if elected president, banning partisan gerrymandering "will be a top priority." 

"Politicians shouldn't be able to pick their voters, voters should choose their representatives. The Supreme Court's gerrymandering decision will have drastic consequences for the future of our nation," Harris said.

--This report was updated at 1:16 p.m.