Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is back at the White House press room podium and back to her usual twisting of the truth to suit her boss’s racist agenda.
This time, Sanders was responding to a question about the inclusion of a question about a person’s citizenship on the upcoming 2020 census for the first time in seven decades.
The question, which is expected to scare many immigrants away from responding to the census, has been denounced by demographers who say it will lead to an undercount of the U.S. population and has already sparked a lawsuit by the state of California, protests by Attorney Generals in 19 states and the promises of more lawsuits to come.
“This is a question that’s been included in every census since 1965,” claimed Sanders, “with the exception of 2010, when it was removed.”
Actually, it has not been on any of the questionnaires for the decennial census that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution since 1950. The census is the primary tool to establish everything from funding and resources for states to apportion seats in the House of Representatives for the following ten years.
What Sanders seems to be purposely doing is confusing that data with census questions that are asked in the years in between, which in some cases have included that question.
Sanders continues the White House policy of taking a bit of truth and putting it in a false context to make a point they want to make while trying to confuse the public about what it is really doing.
The bottom line is that Sanders lied about what is really happening, wrapping her comments in the guise of the law (meeting standards of the Voting Rights Act) and the American flag (doing it for the betterment of the people).
In reality, it is a way for Republicans to suppress voting by minorities and hurt mostly Blue states which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton by denying them the federal funding they deserve by using a trick to lower their population count.
Maybe Sanders should have taken a longer vacation.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders flat out lies about the history of the citizenship question on the Census. pic.twitter.com/VrZoUfPUHt
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) March 27, 2018