Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question

 Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Biden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold MORE (D-N.Y.) said she wants to know about the "racism" behind the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census during a contempt hearing for Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis Ross33K laptops meant for Alabama distance learning are stuck in customs, could be held until October Mini-exodus of Trump officials from Commerce to lobby on semiconductors Trump census order faces logistical challenge MORE

The New York Democrat referenced documents recently made public that allege that a Republican strategist conducted a study in 2015 showing that adding the question would harm Democrats and Hispanic communities, while helping Republicans and white, non-Hispanic communities.

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“I want to know why this question was magically added after we have seen that a political operative knew and detailed an intent to intimidate racial and immigrant communities for a partisan purpose, saying this will hurt Democrats and help Republicans,” she said. 

“I want to know about the racism and the very disturbing history that we’re seeing here,” she added. 

Ocasio-Cortez also questioned involvement of figures such as Stephen Bannon and immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach in adding the question to the census. 

She said that congressional questions were resulting in "stonewalling" and a "lack of answers." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over some documents on adding the question to the census, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The Commerce Department also notified House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis We have 100 days to make our nation right MORE (D-Md.) that Trump had asserted executive privilege over some of its subpoenaed documents.