Everyone knows that Republicans can’t do math, or economics, or science (“We don’t need no education.“)
So banning math textbooks because they allegedly contain Critical Race Theory (CRT) – just what in the hell is Gov. Ron “DeathSantis” even talking about? – is not a good idea. Republicans are in desperate need of remedial basic math education.
Huffington Post reports, GOP Lawmaker’s Basic Numbers Gaffe Reignites Mockery Of Math Book Bans:
Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) raised eyebrows on Tuesday when she tweeted a dramatic exaggeration of the immigration situation on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 1,000,000,000 migrants at our southern border in just 6 months,” she wrote on Twitter. “President Biden’s open border policies are fueling this crisis!”
Read that again carefully, class. January 6 insurrectionist Debbie Lesko says one billion migrants were apprehended at our southern border in just 6 months. I’m sure that in her her mind she even said it just like Dr. Evil.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, between October and March, just over one million migrants were apprehended or expelled at the southern border.
You know, like one thousand times less than one billion.
Lesko’s post stayed up more than five hours before it was deleted.
Lesko’s erroneous tweet appeared in the wake of news that the state of Florida, led by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, has banned dozens of proposed math textbooks because they supposedly reference critical race theory and other “prohibited topics.”
Commentators concluded that banning math materials might not be the best idea:
(1) ONE BILLION MIGRANTS have tried to cross our border in just 6 months, or 230,000 PER HOUR, which is more than the population of Des Moines, Iowa every 60 minutes,
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(2) Debbie doesn't know how many zeroes are in a million.
— Jedi Ghost 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈🇺🇦 🇺🇸 (@JediCounselor) April 20, 2022
You honestly believe that nearly 13 percent of the world’s entire population attempted to cross the border between Mexico and the United States in a six-month period?
— David Lytle (@davitydave) April 20, 2022
I don't think you know what the word apprehended means. (We'll move onto the math problems next semester.) https://t.co/BJzZP5bdKr
— Sean Casten (@SeanCasten) April 20, 2022
Numbers not your thing, huh?
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) April 20, 2022
This explains why your party wants to ban math textbooks.
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) April 20, 2022
One *billion* you say? Using a Florida math book, I see…
— MBBrownSF 🇺🇸🟧🟦🇺🇦 (@MBBrownSF3) April 20, 2022
For her part, Dumbed-Down Debbie certainly has got the GQP’s anti-immigrant hysteria “white fright” demagoguery down pat. It is all that these white Christian Nationalists in the modern-day anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party do know. Their blind hatred defines them.