White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is wondering what Democrats are “afraid of” when it comes adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s push for the question in late June. However, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that there is a legal route to add it and the administration’s approach will be known in the “next day or two.”
Conway noted during Tuesday’s interview with “Fox & Friends” that the Supreme Court “did not issue a legal impediment decision” but are looking from a different rationale from the Trump administration.
“Why can’t we just ask the question the way it was asked for 50 years before the Obama administration yanked it out of there?” Conway asked.
“[…] And think of all the questions that nobody complains are in our U.S. census every 10 years that include a far, far, far smaller number of Americans — or I would argue are much more intrusive, invasive, and expansive.
We’re asking people how many toilets [are] in your house and you don’t know who’s using them. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
She went on to question the Democrats who are “screaming rhetoric”: “What are you afraid of? Why wouldn’t you want to know who’s living in this country, and who’s a citizen and who’s not a citizen?”
Asked what she believes is the Democrats’ reason for the criticism of the Trump administration pushing for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, Conway said she believes “they don’t have a good answer for that like most things these days.”
Watch Conway’s interview below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among those blasting the president for pressing forward with the question, as she suggested he was trying to “Make America White Again” — which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called “untrue,” as IJR Red reported.