House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) criticism of the president for wanting to add a question on the 2020 census about citizenship status.
The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s efforts on June 27, but the president has pressed forward to add the question, as IJR News reported.
Attorney General William Barr told reporters on Monday that “over the next day or two” the decision on what approach taken by the administration for the census citizenship question will be made known, and he believes there’s a legal “pathway for getting the question on the census.”
The House speaker, however, claimed that the president wants to add the citizenship question because he allegedly wants to “Make America White Again.”
“This is about keeping — you know, Make America, you know his hat — Make America White Again,” Pelosi said on Monday at a press conference. “They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.”
She added, “What they want to do is to put a chilling effect so that certain populations will not answer the form.”
See Pelosi’s comment below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighs in on the Census Citizenship Question:
"This is about keeping — you know it — you know those hats. Make America a white again. They want to make sure that certain people are counted. It’s really disgraceful." https://t.co/pKNkS1Zfj7 pic.twitter.com/i4XToyGnFH
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 9, 2019
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, McCarthy pressed that “time is critical” in getting the citizenship question on the census.
“You only do this once every 10 years. It has been on the form, especially the long form up until President Obama took it off. So it is one time you can ask the question, to see who is in this country and ask all the different questions. You can’t go do this next year or the other. That’s why it is so critical to get this done now because they are printing it as we speak.”
When asked about Pelosi’s claim that Trump is trying to “Make America White Again,” the Republican lawmaker pushed back, calling it “so untrue.” He continued to point to achievements under the Trump administration for Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and “all of America.”
Watch McCarthy’s interview below:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also expressed support to add the citizenship question, as he said he was “heartened” by the president and Barr’s intention to move forward with it.
“… it is a clear authority of the president and the administration, and is in fact, a constitutional responsibility, and they need to do it. They need to do it accurately. They need to do it right,” Cruz told Fox News on Tuesday. “But part of doing it right is asking basic questions, including, ‘Are you a citizen?'”