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Friday, October 28, 2016

Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker, wife of potential presidential candidate Governor Scott Walker (R), might want to be more careful with her posts on his official Twitter account — and with her math.

Tonette posted this message on Wednesday, marked with the “TW” initials to signify that it was written by her: “It’s hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. – TW.” This was apparently meant to commemorate tomorrow’s anniversary of the Jamestown settlement’s founding — but the original event wasn’t 505 years ago.

The problem here is that the Jamestown settlement began in 1607 — and the tweet itself even contained a picture showing that year. Thus, the correct number is 408 years. (And this doesn’t even factor in the modern-day problems raised by commemorating colonial settlements without acknowledging the Native Americans who already lived here.)

After a brief round of heckling broke out on Twitter, Tonette Walker posted a follow-up message: 

Problem is, we’re not even sure how you get from “408” to “505” via typos — or even by any typical math error, either.

But to its credit, the Walker campaign has yet to delete the erroneous tweet that got this whole thing rolling — at least, they haven’t deleted it as of yet.

Photo: Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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  • Dominick Vila

    Maybe she was thinking of Ponce de Leon landing in Florida in 1513, but I doubt she even heard such a thing happened…

  • Carl Sdano

    This will now be taught as fact in Wisconsin’s underfunded schools.

  • FireBaron

    Must have either been home schooled or privately tutored. Either that, or she gets her (lack of) facts from the History Channel. And we have all seen how accurate they are!

    • Allan Richardson

      You’re just saying that to cover up for the lizard Illuminati who bred humans by genetic engineering!

  • booker25

    She must of attended the same crappy schools as her idiot husband.

  • LadyImpactOhio

    I suppose you guys consider this “breaking news.” I seem to remember obama telling everyone there were 57 states.

    • grandmanya4u

      My dear Lady – We do have 50 states and 7 territories (50+7=57),
      49 in North American Continent, 56 of the territories have Congressional Representatives, Puerto Rico have resident commissioner, the others are non voting US Delegates. All can participate in the discussion and actively participate in various government commitees.

      District of Columbia,(designed Territory)

      Guam, The Virgin Islands, The Northern Mariana Islands, also Unincorporated territories Swain Island, American Samoa and uninhabited Incorporated Territory of Palmyra Atoli. All residents are US citizens. US also have territories called insular because they are US possession but it’s citizens (if any) not US citizens, but they are sovereign states under the US Compact of Free Association and ttey are Palau, Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. We would have The Phillipines that used to be Unincorporated organized territory, but they got their Independence in 1946 .
      So before you post your nonsense and bash the President – he is right – try to do some homework?? Did you took naps during history classes. Ignorance is a bliss – education is a cure. How little some of you know about your country, home of the brave and land of the free. What a shame that hate for 1 man of different color brings the worst in some especially Republicans.