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.

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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The two most important mental health reforms the Trump administration should consider Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller 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 SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum 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 SwalwellMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Swalwell to DNI: 'You do not have to be a part of a lawless administration' 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 BlasioUber sues New York City to void 'cruising cap' limit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC 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 MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight 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 Devi HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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.