House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned President Trump’s “corrupt motivations” in her July 4 message to colleagues in the Democratic caucus.
The California Democrat decried Trump for his administration’s reversal on adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
“The news today is the Trump Administration flipflopping on its statements about moving forward without a citizenship question on the 2020 Census,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues on Wednesday. “As long as President Trump continues to try to add a citizenship question to the Census, we will continue our work to expose the Trump Administration’s true, corrupt motivations – including holding the Administration in contempt of Congress on the Census. We will never stop fighting to ensure a fair, accurate and timely Census that counts everyone in every community without fear or confusion.”
She added, “In our democracy, everyone counts.”
Justice Department lawyers revealed Wednesday that the agency had received instructions from the White House to find a way around a Supreme Court ruling last week that effectively blocked the question from inclusion on the 2020 questionnaire. This followed Trump tweeting, “We are absolutely moving forward” with the question.
One day prior, the DOJ and the Commerce Department indicated the Trump administration had conceded defeat and the process of printing the questionnaire without a citizenship question had begun.
Pelosi’s note to colleagues was not all negative. She also celebrated some accomplishments of the 116th session of Congress.
“On the Fourth of July, as we celebrate the birth of America’s independence and the blessings of liberty, I am writing to thank you for your continued leadership to honor the oath we take to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said on Wednesday. “To that end, the good news last week was that we passed the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, to protect the sanctity of our vote and our electoral system, so central to our democracy. With the passage of this important legislation, we continue to build on the promise of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.”
Trump plans to cap his July 4 with a “Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial in the evening Thursday, which will feature fireworks, music, flyovers, tanks, and a speech from the president himself.