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Dead Men Tell No Lies: Citizenship On Census Is So GOP Can Cheat

The hard drives of a deceased Republican operative show why they want a citizenship question on the census. It's to cheat in drawing congressional districts.
Dead Men Tell No Lies: Citizenship On Census Is So GOP Can Cheat
Thomas B. Hofeller, master of GOP gerrymandering. Image from: CSpan screenshot

File Under: "The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them." From The New York Times:

Deceased G.O.P. Strategist’s Hard Drives Reveal New Details on the Census Citizenship Question

Thomas B. Hofeller achieved near-mythic status in the Republican Party as the Michelangelo of gerrymandering, the architect of partisan political maps that cemented the party’s dominance across the country.

But after he died last summer, his estranged daughter discovered hard drives in her father’s home that revealed something else: Mr. Hofeller had played a crucial role in the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Files on those drives showed that he wrote a study in 2015 concluding that adding a citizenship question to the census would allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats. And months after urging President Trump’s transition team to tack the question onto the census, he wrote the key portion of a draft Justice Department letter claiming the question was needed to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act — the rationale the administration later used to justify its decision.
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Republicans find their courage in one of two ways: once they leave office and go shopping for a cable news gig, or once they drop dead and leave behind a pissed off family member and an uncleared hard drive.

Republished by permission from Driftglass

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