During Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Circus” host Alex Wagner sounded the alarm about what the GOP’s new census question is really about. However, there might be something good that could come from it.
It was announced recently that a question will be added to the census that asks how many people in the house hold are not citizens. It was quickly denounced as a racist way to scared people of color, immigrants, both legal and undocumented, and communities with immigrants. However, Wagner noted there’s a more sinister point to make.
“Let us be very clear,” she began. “The addition of a citizenship question is to keep immigrants and their families in the shadows. It is to disenfranchise cities with large immigrant and minority populations. It is to skew Congressional redistricting that happens in 2020 to disenfranchise largely Democratic states and cities that have large minority populations. That is what they’re doing with this question.”
She noted this is the first time that the citizenship question has been asked since 1950, ironically the year the GOP seems to want to return America to.
Thus far 14 states are suing to get the question off of the questionnaire. Wager also explained that the process through which the officials have gone to add this question has been “so transparently nefarious it’s almost laughable — except that it’s incredibly serious.”
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) explained that there is a very good chance that the 14 states will win in court. He attributed this to the one good thing about President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is one of the least effective violators of law in American history,” the Washington governor said. “Every time we have sued him we’ve won and the reason is he’s so transparent. You know? He’s just absolutely transparent. It’s clear what’s going on and any judge that’s been on the bench for four hours knows what he’s doing, which is trying to suppress the vote. And it’s akin to the venal efforts of the Republican Party to suppress the vote in the United States. This is consistent with that effort. Stop people from being counted. Stop them from voting.”
Watch the full commentary below: