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Trump-Hating Stephen King Gets Owned Publicly by Conservative Editor. 'You Can't Do Math'

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Horror writer Stephen King has never been quiet about his thoughts on President Donald Trump.

King has taken to Twitter in the past to bash both the president and his policies. The “King of Horror” may have stepped on a landmine with his latest tweet, however.

The writer took aim at Trump with a vulgar tirade Wednesday about the president’s latest push for Congress to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

That rant caught the attention of The Western Journal’s managing editor, George Upper. King’s idea of the southern border wall as a “vanity project” was then given a monumental reality check.

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“You can sell books,” Upper replied, “but you can’t do math.”

King’s idea of splitting $5 billion in border wall funds between school lunches and veteran care is on shaky ground from the beginning.

According to data from the School Nutrition Association, $2.5 billion wouldn’t even cover a quarter of free school lunches served in a single year. Children who need free breakfast will simply have to go to class hungry under King’s economic guidance.

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Veterans would receive an even worse deal under King’s plan. Department of Veterans Affairs medical spending is projected to reach over $57 billion in 2019, according to a budget published by the organization. The other half of the border wall fund would provide troops with less than two weeks of care.

King of horror, indeed.

After all the money is gone, we wouldn’t be left with much to show it ever existed at all. Upper’s plan, on the other hand, is a little more direct.

“Build the wall,” he said in his response. “Then take the $3.3 billion to $15.6 billion spent annually on illegal immigrants (conservative figures, btw) and spend it on your pet issues.”

Deceptively simple, yet elegant.

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And unlike government programs that can consume inconceivably large amounts of money in record time, walls are inherently enduring. They’re cheap to maintain (especially in America’s dry Southwestern deserts) and also easy to repair.

Although the numbers are fuzzy, a border wall stands to make America money. As The Arizona Republic reports, illegal immigration costs the country anywhere from $3.3 billion to a whopping $116 billion a year.

At that rate, George Upper is completely right. We can’t afford not to build a wall.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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