Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley seems to think the United States is home to more than one and a half billion incarcerated individuals—more than three times its actual population.
In a since-deleted tweet, Pressley claimed on Thursday morning that “one out of four people in the world are locked away in cages in America.”
This figure, Pressley said, includes a “moral obligation to do something.”
“When we acknowledge America’s dark past, we provide ourselves w/ a chance to fundamentally change our future,” she added.
Here’s how some people responded to the outlandish claim:
How do we do this? must be some molecular magic trickery that condenses 1.5B humans into little cubes so they fit in the cages.
— Sandy Sori (@sandy_sori) November 14, 2019
Math is hard. 😢 guessing and making up numbers is so much easier, especially when you "know" what the answer "should" be before you even look at the actual figures.
— EriStew (@eenygma_20) November 14, 2019
Or dark past is poor math and/or English education to our politicians.
— アーケットシスターズ (@ArquetteSisters) November 14, 2019
I don't even know what this says other than you are bad at fractions.
— !! (@mrdubya49) November 14, 2019
With people like this in charge there is no future.
— Rick (@unrealrick) November 14, 2019
That math doesn’t add up.
— mid-centurymodern (@midcenturymode2) November 14, 2019
To be clear here, you are saying there is 1.9 billion people locked in cages in US, even though the US Pop. is 326 million. World pop. is 7.6 Billion people. The number of people locked in cages would be at least 6 times the number of people in America. Please explain further.
— me (@Spaycekace) November 14, 2019
Damn we have almost 2 Billion people in cages? Impressive for a country with only ~350 Million citizens
— Socal (Gobble Gobble) (@Socal_crypto) November 14, 2019
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Dont think the math checks out on that, chief.
— Rob Reber (@Robb_R9) November 14, 2019