Trump's 'amateur hour' attempts to justify rigging the census won't sway Roberts: Law professor
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The silver lining for President Donald Trump when Chief Justice John Roberts rejected his attempt to change the 2020 Census to interrogate people about citizenship was that Roberts did not dispute his constitutional right to add a citizenship question — he merely found that the administration had lied, flouted rulemaking procedure, and come up with a "contrived" reason for doing so.


Therefore, there is a possibility that the administration could come up with a better, less discriminatory-sounding reason for adding the question that would satisfy Roberts before the hard deadline in October when the census must be ready to go.

But as law professor Rick Hasen noted on Friday, the Trump administration's odds of managing to do this are slim: