Donald Trump, who appears to be running for scaremonger-in-chief, just blurted out another big lie at one of his campaign events.
Stoking anti-immigration fears, the Republican presidential nominee yelled his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would let in “650 million” more people (read: immigrants) to the United States “in one week,” and thereby “triple the size of our country.”
“You know, it would be much easier working for Obama or working for crooked Hillary [than Trump], because frankly, when you’re working for Hillary she wants to let people just pour in,” Trump told a gathering of his supporters in a private jet hangar.
“You could have 650 million people pour in and we do nothing about it. Think of it, that’s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week.”
Now, there are multiple things wrong with this statement.
First of all, there’s no evidence, whatsoever, to substantiate his claim about Clinton’s plans. Secondly, Trump needs to take basic mathematics classes because 650 million people in one week is a colossal amount of people.
For instance, 650 million people account for nearly “10 percent of the world's population”:
650 million people is about 10 percent of the world's population https://t.co/TCAgYML37h— Bill Scher (@billscher) October 31, 2016
Six-fifty million people coming into the U.S. in a week means “roughly 64,000 people per minute coming into the country”:
?? For reference, current total US population is 324 million people. 650 mill in a week would turn out to roughly 64,000 people per minute. https://t.co/4CB7odDd4Z— Nerdy Millenial4Hill (@NerdyTraveler) October 31, 2016
Or a little over 1,000 people per second:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's roughly 1,000 people per second. Having been through JFK customs, I'm dubious... https://t.co/hPfX0qIdtz— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) October 31, 2016
Fearmogering against immigrants has been a staple for Trump rallies, e.g. he has alleged the Mexican government was sending rapists across the border by design and has compared Syrian refugees to “the Trojan horse.”
But, perhaps, Trump realized he had taken it a bit too far with the “650 million” statement. As soon as he mouthed the absurd figures, the media mogul quickly followed up by saying he still wanted new people in the country, referring to skilled workers.
“We want people to come into our country!” Trump bellowed. “Just so you know, I want people to come in.”
However, by then his “650 million people” claim had already taken the internet by storm. Although it’s an established fact that Trump is a pathological liar who “lies 87 times in just five hours,” people couldn’t believe the real-estate billionaire was also pretty bad at math.
Though, this level of math literacy does explain why he lost that $900 million https://t.co/YgMYO4Vjwa— (((MattSteinglass))) (@mattsteinglass) October 31, 2016
I mean, where do you even get the 650 million people number? Whose entire populations are we taking in?— Hayes Boo-rown (@HayesBrown) October 31, 2016
Who makes statements Like that in front of 1000s? What kind of Coke is he snorting? 650 million people in a week? WTF?— ruben rosario (@FRoggyblues1000) October 31, 2016
Where would 650 million people come from?— Michi (@cbn2) October 31, 2016
Syria had 17 million
All European Union has 513 million
Mexico has 113 million
still 17 mill 2 go https://t.co/moAxQqJePI
At this rate, the entire population of the earth would live in the USA after 12 weeks: https://t.co/dqq9lHQ1cz— Ryan McGreal (@RyanMcGreal) October 31, 2016