CNN’s Cuomo, guest insinuate Census Bureau could be up to shenanigans after perceived red state gains

CNN’s Chris Cuomo railed against the Census Bureau on his show Monday with his guest Michael Smerconish and intimated that the agency is actively helping Republicans increase their numbers in Congress.

As mandated in the Constitution, the Census Bureau is tasked with tracking the nation’s population growth by state. It then appropriates the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and that is directly connected to the Electoral College calculation. They stick to the numbers since they are part of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.

Cuomo seems to believe there is something nefarious going on rather than straight-up demographics. His on-screen headline read during the segment: “Census Shifts 3 House Seats from States Biden Won.” But that appears to be biased and not an entirely accurate picture of the seats that the Census Bureau just awarded.

“Did you hear about the Census Bureau and what the census is going to do? It’s going to shift some of the seats this Congress. It’s going to make a difference, especially for the left. The House is about to get real skinny real fast,” Cuomo warned his audience. The truth is that the Democrats already had a razor-thin advantage in the House. The census occurs every ten years and the shifting of seats is nothing new.

Cuomo proceeded to insinuate that the Census Bureau was deliberately taking away blue “states” from President Biden and the Democrats: “Of course, as you know, the Census Bureau uses its data to decide how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and their electors for the Electoral College. Biden, Democrat states, or the states that he won, they’re going to lose three states. Given that Democrats only have a 6-vote majority in the House, three states – three seats could matter. Right?” Cuomo asked.

From CNN:

The US Census Bureau announced Monday that the total population of the United States has topped 331 million people, marking the country’s second slowest population growth rate in US history. Amid that, Texas will gain two seats in the redistricting process, the results found.

Additionally, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon will each gain one seat in Congress.

California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will all lose congressional seats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

The CNN host introduced Smerconish and they began to rant about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. They ripped Republican support for police reform and did not allude to South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott’s bill on the matter. Cuomo then suggested that Republicans did not deserve as many seats as they have.

“That you have 50-50 in the Senate and your skinny margin in the House, but Republicans represent a fraction of the people that the Democrats do, so the national polls are relevant,” Cuomo bitterly complained.

What Cuomo misses is that the Constitution provided for equal representation in every state. If a state did not have a big enough population to justify two representatives, they would still get one. If representation was determined by population alone, most of the nation would have no voice in our government and that is not what was intended by the Founding Fathers.

Smerconish made the valid point that just because more seats were going to red states, that didn’t necessarily mean that the seats would be Republican. He pointed out varying and changing demographics to back up his premise. However, he continued by seemingly suggesting that Republicans would indeed get the seats through gerrymandering.

“We presume that if there’s a shift toward the south, in particular, it’s to the benefit of Republicans. Nothing says that the seat that gets added in certain of those states is necessarily going to be a Republican state. Not if they do it fairly,” he slyly stated.

“One other observation, if I can quickly make this. Like you, I’m very much attuned to the issue of gerrymandering. I think it’s a very serious problem. But don’t overlook Bill Bishop and the big sort and the idea that people are choosing to live among the like-minded. The number of blow-out counties continues to grow, and we don’t redraw the boundary line on counties every 10 years. There’s something else in the water here. It’s not just the way we’re characterizing congressional districts,” Smerconish suspiciously added.

People sounded off over the census on Twitter:

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