Smoking Gun Emerges Showing Census Changes Were Designed to Help White Republicans

A proposal to include a citizenship question on the U.S. Census has been making its way through the courts, currently awaiting a ruling from Supreme Court justices. Federal courts have blocked the idea, but many suspect the Supreme Court’s conservative majority could use its final say to back the White House’s plan.

However, a game-changing wrinkle has emerged in the form of new evidence that even Trump’s appointees may have a hard time ignoring: correspondence from a GOP redistricting expert encouraging the White House to use a citizenship question in order to deliberately benefit “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”

That’s a problem for the White House since administration members have repeatedly testified that the decision to add a citizenship question has nothing to do with discrimination or intimidating people in the U.S. from filling out the form.

The redistricting expert and brainchild behind this scheme is Dr. Thomas Hofeller. Though he died last year, his secret did not go with him as his daughter, Stephanie Hofeller Lizon, stumbled upon this information on his computer while cleaning up his estate. Lizon initially turned over the hard drive to Common Cause, believing it could be relevant to a separate lawsuit involving gerrymandering in North Carolina.

Back in 2015, Hofeller conducted a study and determined that adding a citizenship portion to the Census “would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats” while scaring millions of non-white people from participating, thereby lowering the representative count of people for blue areas and making it easier for Republicans to draw gerrymandered maps that favor their own party.

Previously, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ John Gore testified that he had written the letter encouraging the White House to add a Census question, but the obtained hard drive confirms that Hofeller was the one who drafted the letter and brought this matter to the administration’s attention. The fact that the DOJ literally lifted language from Hofeller proves his POV was influential in their decision to pursue this change.

Appropriately, the ACLU has filed complaints to the court to complain that the DOJ demonstrably “misrepresented the origin and purpose” of the Census question. “Their goal was not to protect voting rights, but to dilute the voting power of minority communities,” said ACLU’s Dale Ho.

For the courts, this case has always boiled down to the motivations. Implicitly, it’s clear that the Trump administration wants to introduce a citizenship question to depress even legal immigrant and Latino participation, which leads to less representation in Congress. However, if they tell the Supreme Court otherwise, they give the justices enough excuse to pretend it could be about something else and ignore the consequences.

If the Supreme Court’s conservative majority was inclined to let the DOJ get away with it, that just got a lot harder in light of this new evidence. Hopefully, that’s enough to convince the Supreme Court that the lower courts’ rulings should stand on this matter.

32 comments

Elaine W
Elaine W4 days ago

Who is surprised?

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Karen H
Karen H6 days ago

The only way the GOP thinks it can win is by cheating.

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Julie D
Julie D10 days ago

Everything the Republicans do is to benefit their own party and White Americans, and all their financial donors. Otherwise they are anti everyone and everything else. Anti people of color, anti LGBT, anti women, anti environmental protections, anti financial rip off protections, anti voter protections especially for people of color, anti peace, anti affordable healthcare, anti living wages, but pro discrimination, anti Democracy, anti immigration but only for people of color, anti education, I could go on and on but it is not necessary. We all know they are anti anything beneficial and pro anything that gives them more unregulated power and ability to abuse it for their personal benefit.

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN hEARFIELD10 days ago

tyfs

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William T
William T10 days ago

Thanks very much

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Danuta W
Danuta W11 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Debbi W
Debbi W11 days ago

Of course the republicans want to give give all the advantages possible for the poor white and very wealthy. The poor don't matter. Dumptz and his regime are doing their best to completely destroy our country.

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Lisa M
Lisa M11 days ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M11 days ago

Thanks.

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Wesley S
Wesley Struebing11 days ago

Like it or not, Paul B You are wrong (again). But I'm glasd to see that you've now admitted that you don't want "them (POC)" to vote. I'd suggest you read the Constitution again - for content this time.

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