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Can Rudy Giuliani count?


Rudy Giuliani finished his second term as Mayor of New York at the end of 2001, the same year the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. The former mayor and presidential candidate, while stumping for Donald Trump, claimed that America was free of terrorism during  eight halcyon years before we elected Obama as president. Seems legi– waaaait a second.

/pulls out calculus textbook


/asks NASA mathematicians from “Hidden Figures” for additional tutoring


/gets to work


Well, now! If there were one person who remembered 9/11 vividly enough to recall the year the Twin Towers fell, Giuliani might be that guy. And yet, our crack team of mathematicians found that the Towers fell in 2001, seven years before the Obama administration, not eight as Giuliani claimed. Try and track where Giuliani forgot to carry the three and missed the decimal point below:

Factoring loss of life, 9/11 was the most devastating attack on American soil, as over 3,000 people were killed. And Rudy forgot.

That, or he can’t count! Which might make some sense, considering the irresponsible and erroneous ways he’s cited black on black crime statistics to argue, almost outright, that black people should fear other black people, not police brutality.

That, or he lied about those 3,000 people, most of them New Yorkers — surely some of them Giuliani voters — all on the altar of Making America Great Again.

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