Oh, what irony. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, a famously NeverTrump justice who will move the logic any way he can with a mission to thwart President Trump, has joined the leftist bloc of the high court to rule against President Trump’s decision to ask a Census 2020 question about respondents’ citizenship. On sincerity grounds of all things, as Tom McArdle notes in this op-ed here. According to the New York Times:
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the explanation offered by the Trump administration for adding the question “appears to have been contrived.” But he left open the possibility that it could provide an adequate answer.
Executive branch officials must “offer genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public,” the chief justice wrote. “Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise. If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case.”
Based on McArdle’s important piece, it’s hard to think that Roberts is going to permit the question […]
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