Misinformation continues to plague liberal politicians who followed the lead of a master deceiver now sent out to pasture.
Democrats decided years ago that truth is like playing horseshoes – close is good enough. They continue to spew misinformation as truth and take advantage of hapless followers who don’t know enough to cross-check their lies with facts.
Liberals are also fond of using false information for their own self-interests and then not accepting responsibility for what they’ve done. They’d rather lie about the lie and leave the problems caused by their actions for someone else to correct.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, a race-baiting hater of anything or anyone non-liberal, decided he knew how best to present history than scholars. He tweeted a quote of the nation’s founders in an attack against the president, and then thumbed his nose to anyone who questioned him.
"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 23, 2017
The fake quote, as of Tuesday afternoon, garnered more than 10,000 likes, more than 4,000 retweets and 300 replies on Twitter. It also garnered more than 9,000 reactions and 1,000 shares on Facebook.
Here’s the one problem: It’s fake. Franklin NEVER said it.
Everyone sharing Booker’s lie is spreading fake news. His lie, as shown, spread to thousands of people.
Booker isn’t the smartest tool in the shed as his quote doesn’t stand up to historical fact. From The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted Dr. Blaine McCormick, chair of the Department of Management at Baylor University and a Franklin scholar, to verify the authenticity of the quote.
He called the phrase a “hoax,” and not “a valid Franklin quote.”
This does not appear to me to be a valid Franklin quote. It doesn’t even sound 18th century, does it? “Questioning authority” is a much more modern idea. Franklin was more into “rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
But let’s not trust my “ear” to detect if this sounds appropriately Colonial. Let’s check: The first place I look is the Franklin Papers at Yale University and the quote does not surface. You will find the “rebellion to tyrants” quote in the papers, though. Further, Franklin was a much better writer than this. A more authentic Franklin quote might read, “The first responsibility of every citizen is to question authority” and I suspect Ben would add “…every good citizen….”
Booker doesn’t have the character to own up to his lie.
TheDCNF reached out to Booker’s office by phone and email. His communications director, Jeff Giertz, sent a sarcastic reply that did not meaningfully address why the senator or his staff would tweet and Facebook a false quote from a Founding Father to thousands and thousands of people: “As Ben Franklin may or may not have said, ‘to err is human; to forgive, divine.’”
When asked if that meant Giertz was fine with his senator tweeting and Facebooking inaccurate quotes to thousands of people, Giertz did not reply.
As of late Tuesday, the tweet and Facebook posts are still live and spreading false information to the world.
Booker’s legacy is that of a purveyor of false information in the same vein as his role model, the previous president.
Booker openly attacks people who differ from his views and paints people as racists for the same reason. He makes up history and uses it to harm others, as he recently did before Congress in attacking a Trump cabinet nominee.
Such a slacker lawmaker will never be quoted for anything he says because people know too well what rolls off his tongue is likely false.
Source: The Daily Caller