Rep. Madison Cawthorn
(R-NC) attempted to educate his colleagues on the importance of facts
on Thursday, but was mocked because he misspoke about one of his most important points.
It happened during Cawthorn's speech, while the House
was debating whether to repeal the Trump administration
's "true lender" rule through the Congressional Review Act.
By quoting one of the Founding Fathers, the rookie congressman attempted to sound like a statesman.
“It was Thomas Jefferson who said, ‘Facts are stubborn things, and whatever our wishes, inclinations, or the dictates of our passions may be, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.’” he said.
Cawthorn: Thomas Jefferson said facts are stubborn things... pic.twitter.com/LokKpvmxij — Acyn (@Acyn) June 24, 2021
The problem is that Cawthorn misquoted John Adams, not Jefferson, in his quote.
Cawthorn isn't exactly a historian: the Asheville Citizen-Times reported last August that he only went to college
for one semester and received mostly Ds.
Cawthorn was contacted by Stardia for comment on his factual error, but he did not respond right away.
Cawthorn, on the other hand, has a history
of making false claims, such as claiming credit for a relief bill he voted against, lying about a car accident
that paralyzed him, and making fact-free claims of election fraud
only to admit, when pressed, that the 2020 election
was not conducted fraudulently.
As a result, many Twitter users felt compelled to educate the 25-year-old congressman on the importance of having all of your facts straight when discussing facts.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 24, 2021
That was John Adams, not Thomas Jefferson. What a clueless
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 24, 2021
It is true that John Adams said that. It is also true that Cawthorn does not factcheck. pic.twitter.com/BxMC8cl2jE — Stray Political Cat (@StrayPolitical) June 24, 2021
Facts are stubborn things: he can't even get the attribution right, so why make this his hill to die on? https://t.co/X9tzmrx7Yn
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) June 24, 2021
"We hold these truths to be self-evident that men who grope women
, boast about seeing Hitler's vacation home, incite insurrectionists, and beat up trees are tools," Jefferson didn't say, but I believe he said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that men who grope women, boast about seeing Hitler's vacation home, incite insurrectionists, and beat up trees are tools." https