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 Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down 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 SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally 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 SwalwellLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week 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 BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate 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 MoultonDeval Patrick beefs up campaign staff Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Pardoning war crimes dishonors the military 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 HarrisSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Booker on Harris dropping out: 'Iowa voters should have the right to choose' Booker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race 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.