Rep. Steve King has taken quite a beating for claiming that for every one young undocumented immigrant who's a valedictorian, there are 100 who are drug mules. King thinks he's one of the few voices willing to tell the truth with the cold hard facts. The problem is King doesn't know what a cold hard fact is.
On Monday, The Washington Post's fact checker, Glenn Kessler, gave King "four Pinocchios" for claiming that, "For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." Well King has a big fat comeback for Kessler, at right.
Note that King mocks people who "feel" (air quotes King's) Kessler is right. In his 20-minute speech on the House floor last week, King offered his own history of Western civilization, drawing a line from empirically-minded Greeks all the way to his racist stereotypes. ("We have to be critical thinkers. We have to be analytical. We should understand facts from emotion.") The second link in King's tweet goes to the conservative site World Net Daily, an unlikely place to resolve factual disputes, as it is well-known for high birtherism. It's an editorial by former Rep. Tom Tancredo, with the sub-headline, "Exclusive: Tom Tancredo does math on valedictorians, drug dealers among illegal youth." It's true that Tancredo does some math. He makes up an number, and then correctly calculates a percentage of that number. That is math, but it does not prove anything.