- Second Amendment protesters defend gun rights with truly terrible signs 3 Years Ago
- David Lynch surprises fans by dropping Netflix short out of the blue 3 Years Ago
- Poop-focused parody of Kent State Gun Girl sparks conservative ire Today 11:58 AM
- 6-year-old raises $250K for Australian bushfires by making clay koalas Today 11:31 AM
- What you need to know about Clearview AI and its facial recognition app Today 10:36 AM
- Apple TV+ gets its first SAG Award while Netflix and Amazon nab 2 each Today 10:07 AM
- Facebook apologizes for translating Chinese president’s name to ‘Mr. Sh*thole’ Today 9:45 AM
- New York Times endorses Klobarren for president Today 8:45 AM
- 6 gift cards that make for the most thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas Today 8:16 AM
- Studio Ghibli films are coming to Netflix—but not for Americans Today 8:13 AM
- Brad Pitt clutching Jennifer Aniston’s hand sparks all the rumors Today 7:47 AM
- The man who sold shares of himself on the internet Today 7:00 AM
- The rise of the conservative ‘mancast’ in a world of changing masculinity Today 6:00 AM
- Amazon’s ‘Troop Zero’ gives the underdog movie a stylized re-do Today 4:20 AM
- No, the first words of Trump’s tweets don’t match up to lyrics of ‘Break My Stride’ Sunday 10:28 PM
With all the hoaxes, falsehoods, and pranks people like to play online, you simply can’t trust everything you read on the internet, and it’s always worth double-checking everything before hitting “send” on that tweet.
On Sunday, the official Republican National Committee Twitter account, intending to honor the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, tweeted a quote from Lincoln that the 16th U.S. president never actually said.
The quote is “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” It’s an all too poignant and pitch-perfect line. But as many observers noted, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, there’s no evidence whatsoever Lincoln ever said this—rather, it’s one of those baseless quotations that just endlessly floats around the internet.
It’s not the only Republican-affiliated social media account to make a mistake Sunday. The Department of Education’s Twitter account suffered an embarrassing couple of mistakes that stirred up mockery around freshly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. First, the account misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois’ name and then made a typo in its apology tweet hours later.
The @GOP fake Lincoln tweet has been live, as of this writing, for six hours after being posted, despite a tremendous amount of jokes and mockery being sent in its direction. Perhaps whomever’s in charge is opting to ride it out?
In any case, it’s a worthwhile reminder that before tweeting out a quote from a famous speaker, especially one outside anyone’s living memory, you ought to do a little snooping on Google to make sure it’s legit. If it can’t actually be traced back to a credible source or if it strictly pops up on quote aggregation sites like BrainyQuote.com, maybe you’re better off not hitting “send” after all.
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.