Rush Limbaugh went on Trump’s favorite show, Fox and Friends, and told a blatant lie about the citizenship question on the census. He claimed that “Obama and the Democrats” removed the question about citizenship because they want undocumented immigrants counted to help them in elections (even though they can’t vote).
“The real controversy here is who took the citizenship question off the Census, and why?” Limbaugh said. “Why is the controversy wanting to know who among us happens to be a citizen and who isn’t? Why is that controversial?”…“It would seem to me that this kind of attention should have been asked when somebody in the Obama regime decided to get rid of it,” Limbaugh said of the controversy. Obama and Democrats took the question off the census, he claimed, because “they don’t want them to be counted as noncitizens for a political purpose. All of this, everything the left does, is political. And they couch it in compassion and concern and not wanting to target or single out anybody.”
The truth: It was removed before Obama was even born, in 1950.
This is entirely untrue.
For decades, the census conducted every 10 years included a question about the naturalization status — that is, citizenship — of immigrants. The last time it did so was in 1950.
And since this was Fox and Friends, he was not challenged on this. Because in Trumpworld, it doesn’t matter whether any claim is true or false, it only matters whether it serves the narrative that helps him in the next election.