Just last week after the Supreme Court’s decision, President Trump said he was asking his lawyers to delay the census, “no matter how long,” in order to fight for the question in court. He reiterated his unwillingness to give up in a Twitter message posted late Tuesday, saying he had asked administration officials “to do whatever is necessary” to get a citizenship question on the census form.
Then he changed his mind and then he changed his mind again, Wow, what a surprise.
The administration change of heart before it most recent change of heart was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans--not so fast. It was also a remarkable retreat for an administration that typically digs into such fights, not.