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Over time, more reports have revealed the desperate attempts made by now-former President Donald Trump to gain a political advantage or stay in power leading up to the 2020 elections and beyond. Another such attempt was revealed in a new report, this time with Trump trying to intervene in the Census Bureau.
A new report by the New York Times revealed that the former president and his aides made attempts to meddle in the national census. Trump and his aides tried to rush the census results in September 2020 so in the event that he would lose to Joe Biden, he would cause a stir within the House of Representatives. However, the attempts to meddle created pushback from the senior executives.
Deputy director and the day-to-day head of the Census Bureau, Michael Jarmin, was among the three senior executives who pushed back against the meddling being done by the Trump White House. Officials believed that Trump was going to use the tampered numbers to reapportion the House. This would have repercussions regarding the balance of power.
“The memo laid out a string of instances of political interference that senior census officials planned to raise with Wilbur Ross, who was then the secretary of the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau,” said the report. “The issues involved crucial technical aspects of the count, including the privacy of census respondents, the use of estimates to fill in missing population data, pressure to take shortcuts to produce population totals quickly and political pressure on a crash program that was seeking to identify and count unauthorized immigrants.”
Meanwhile, the conservative founder of the Bulwark, Charlie Sykes claimed that there is more than enough evidence that Trump and his allies attempted to steal the 2020 presidential elections through voter fraud. This is despite Trump’s constant peddling of the claim that his loss was due to the same issue.
Sykes cited a report by CNN revealing that Trump’s allies sent forged certificates to the National Archives that declared Trump the winner of seven states that all went to Biden during the elections. Sykes said that this was a large-scale attempt to commit election fraud.