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Dana Milbank: The Trump administration's lie in the service of racism

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05.06.2019

Last week, the hood came off.

The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will suppress participation by nonwhite people and, therefore, artificially increase white (and Republican) power in a new round of gerrymandering.

To do this, administration officials falsely told the public, the lower courts and the Supreme Court that the disadvantage to nonwhite Americans was statistically questionable and that the Justice Department needed the change to enforce the Voting Rights Act.

But documents released last week prove this all to be a ruse, and that the officials lied about their motives.

The documents (from the files of the late architect of the plan) show that this gerrymandering expert, Thomas Hofeller, whose role the Trump administration did not disclose to the courts, authored a 2015 study saying his scheme (to use voting-age citizens for redistricting rather than total population) would require a "radical redrawing" of legislative districts that would "be advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."

This "would clearly be a disadvantage for the Democrats," he wrote, packing Democratic voters into fewer........

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