Buttigieg: Trump census reversal a 'face-saving' recognition that 'he's been on the wrong side'
Added 07-11-19 10:57:01pm EST - “South Bend, Ind., Mayor? Pete Buttigieg on Thursday? lambasted President Trump's reversal on? previous plans to? push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling the move a? "face-saving way to recognize that he's be” - Thehill.com
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump teases social media summit before veering into attacks on press, Democratic challengers Buttigieg details plan targeting systemic racism The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate MORE on Thursday lambasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpControversial platform Gab slams White House for not inviting it to social media summit GOP senator: US should 'reevaluate' long-term relationship with Saudis Pelosi reportedly told Trump deputy: 'What was your name, dear?' MORE's reversal on previous plans to push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling the move a "face-saving way to recognize that he's been on the wrong side."
Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said in an interview with CNN that Trump's decision earlier Thursday to drop his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census shows that the president is "recognizing reality and backing down."
"It sounds like a face-saving way to recognize that he's been on the wrong side of the law throughout," he said. "There are any number of ways to do research on issues like immigration, but tinkering with the census was clearly racially and politically motivated."
"It's why it was held to be unlawful by the courts," Buttigieg added. "And it sounds — although he changes his mind from day to day, so you don't really know for sure but — it sounds like he was at least at last recognizing reality and backing down."
Trump said Thursday that he would issue an executive order requiring federal agencies to provide the Commerce Department information on citizens and noncitizens in the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court ruled late last month that a citizenship question could not be added to the 2020 census because the administration’s reasoning — that the question was necessary to help enforce the Voting Rights Act — was "contrived."
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