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Finally! Fact-Checking Glee

The people of PolitiFact Florida seem to have too much time on their hands:

Our ruling

Ricky Martin’s character said on Glee, “The U.S. Census believes that by 2030 the majority of Americans will use Spanish as their first language.” The Census Bureau predicts that in 2030 about 23 percent of the U.S. population will be Hispanic — but all of those Hispanics in the future won’t speak Spanish as their first language. Two census researchers projected that somewhere between 13 and 15.3 percent of people in the U.S. will speak Spanish in 2020 — a far cry from the majority of Americans, and we don’t know how many of those will speak it as their first language. They said the numbers from 2030 would still be nowhere close to the 50-percent mark. Ricky Martin may have looked good singing in his tight pants, but we’re going to light the show’s pants on fire anyway. Pants on Fire! And though they don’t say it like this in Spanish: Pantalones en Fuego!


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