President Donald Trump just posted an alternative quote of Abraham Lincoln.
The Republican National Committee celebrated President Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday on Sunday and in the process attributed him with words that he never even said.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years,” the quote — that was posted on Trump’s Instagram page and on the official Republican Party’s Twitter account and was accompanied by a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY Abraham Lincoln” — said.
In fact, the origin of the quote does not date back to Lincoln but only to 1947, according to Quote Investigator, a website that tracks the origins of quotes. The words were first said by a medical doctor named Edward L. Stieglitz, who is known as the father of the science of gerontology, and who founded the National Institutes of Health’s first unit of aging.
The quote underwent a few changes and was attributed to different people in the latter half of the 20th century. It is even possible the quote predates 1947 but there is absolutely no proof that Lincoln ever said it.
The Twitterati immediately pounced on the gaffe and came up with some of their own quotes.
.@GOP "I'm not like the other girls" -Abraham Lincoln— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) February 12, 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
During his campaign, Trump time and again cited Lincoln as a source of inspiration and asserted the GOP is the “party of Abraham Lincoln.” So it’s pretty sad that he could not think of a single valid saying of the liberator — though not at all unexpected.
It should also be noted that hours after the world called him out for the error, the posts have still not been deleted.
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