AP Fact Check Finds Ted Cruz to Have “Kindergarten” Understanding of Science

Well there’s a surprise, Senator Ted Cruz isn’t just an unpleasant bigot — he’s also an idiot. In an unbiased assessment of all the major presidential candidates’ scientific accuracy, eight climate and biological scientists reviewed statements made in debates, interviews and tweets and used a 0 to 100 scale to assess them.

Here’s how the AP reported it:

To try to eliminate possible bias, the candidates’ comments were stripped of names and given randomly generated numbers, so the professors would not know who made each statement they were grading. Also, the scientists who did the grading were chosen by professional scientific societies.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had the highest average score at 94. Three scientists did not assign former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a score, saying his statements mostly were about policy, which they could not grade, instead of checkable science.

Two used similar reasoning to skip grading New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and one did the same for businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had the lowest score, an average of 6. All eight put Cruz at the bottom of the class.

Cruz scored so low on the test that Michael Mann, a Pennsylvania State University meteorology professor who was interviewed for the AP article declared that,”This individual understands less about science (and climate change) than the average kindergartner…That sort of ignorance would be dangerous in a doorman, let alone a president.”

If you’re wondering what Cruz thinks about climate change and all that pesky science, here you go. It ain’t pretty.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.