Newly minted White House Resident, Donald Trump, has problems with facts. In fact, he’s well known for making up fake statistics about crime according to The Hill, about voter fraud according to the Huffington Post, and well, pretty much anything and everything according to POLITICO.
His slippery grip on what’s real and what isn’t all came to a hilarious head on Sunday when the former reality TV star posted what could only be called an inspirational quote from President Abraham Lincoln, superimposed over the grand statue of the man himself sitting in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
The problem is, Lincoln never said that. It sounds more like a bran cereal commercial than something someone would say in the 19th century, much less a president.
As reported in The Huffington Post, Garson O’Toole, who runs the website Quote Investigator, a site that tracks various quotes and their histories, says the original source in a 1947 advertisement about aging by Dr. Edward Stieglitz.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s happy birthday message to Lincoln was first posted to the social media by the Republican National Committee, only to be reposted by Trump later, with Trump Jr. soon to follow.
Trump doesn’t always lie intentionally. Sometimes he’s just too lazy to verify the facts. And it’s not like there isn’t a plethora of fake quotes available for sharing on social media. But there are consequences for being sloppy, and the Twitterverse, as expected, went a bit hog wild in response.
CNN’s Jake Tapper weighed in:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 12, 2017
@jaketapper but he totally would have used it as an Instagram caption at brunch, we can all agree on that
— pat muldowney (@patmuldowney) February 12, 2017
One Twitizen spoofed Trump’s own tweet style, via the 16th president:
“Many General Stores in the South are refusing to sell my sister’s pickled beets…sad”
— TenaciousEye (@TenaciousEye) February 12, 2017
“well Adlai Stevenson apparently said it, he was from the same state as Lincoln, so Lincoln pretty much said it #alternativefacts”
— Waleed Elgindy (@Waleed_Elgindy) February 12, 2017
“@GOP Dudes, when I was acting research director at RNC, we checked our facts.”
.@GOP Dudes, when I was acting research director at RNC, we checked our facts.
— Jack Pitney (@jpitney) February 12, 2017
Twitizens also added their own Abraham Lincoln quotes as well, with some using the hashtag #ThingsLincolnDidntSay
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Abe was my favorite 5th Beatle.”
— Jennie (@jennieiw) February 12, 2017
— The 85th Legislature (@85thLegislature) February 13, 2017
@GOP "I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I am all out of bubblegum." -Abraham Lincoln
— Benjamin Byron Davis (@Tooda) February 12, 2017
One user summed it all up with one perfect tweet:
— Mordechai Lightstone (@Mottel) February 12, 2017
This fake presidential quotes follows a number of other embarrassing gaffes coming out of Trump’s administration, including a large number of misspellings in a report listing terror attacks that were presumably unreported by media.