Washington, D.C. — Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court rulings on partisan gerrymandering and the citizenship question:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to allow partisan gerrymandering tears at the fabric of our democracy and puts the interests of the established few above the many. Taken together with Citizens United, which allows unlimited money in our electoral system, and Shelby County, which gutted the Voting Rights Act, this ruling means the Roberts Court has entered a new political Lochner era. History will not be kind in its assessment of the ways in which this court has undermined voting rights and core democratic principles in America.
“As the census case moves back to the lower courts, there is no credible way to uphold the Trump Administration’s effort to add the citizenship question. The long record already established and the recently uncovered documents from Dr. Thomas Hofeller conclusively demonstrate that the Administration was lying about its intentions. The question simply cannot be allowed on the Census in 2020.”