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It doesn’t take a genius to know you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, but no one’s ever accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of being a genius.

Early Tuesday morning, the Republican governor tweeted a quote slamming fascism attributed to Winston Churchill. To the amusement of many, the quote is fake, and Churchill certainly never said it. If only Abbott had thought to Google the quote before mindlessly tweeting—or even looked close enough to notice the watermark for meme site 9gag.com.

Greg Abbott is getting roasted for tweeting a fake Winston Churchill quote. @PatrickSvitek/Twitter

Abbott must have eventually realized his (completely avoidable) mistake because he deleted his tweet later Tuesday morning. But that hasn’t stopped people on Twitter from relentlessly roasting him—and writing their own fake Churchill quotes.

The memes show how easy to write any darn thing, slap some quotes around it, and attribute it to a prominent historical figure. See that, Greg?

And lest Abbott be tempted to share any more quotes about fascism, Splinter pointed out that a similar quote often attributed to Sinclair Lewis—”when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”—is fake, too.

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.

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