If there’s one thing Democrats have mastered, it’s making fools of themselves each and every time they attempt to take on Donald Trump.
The latest sap to try such a move is Sen. Cory Booker, who attempted to beat President Trump at his own game by slamming him on Twitter.
To say it backfired would be an understatement.
According to TheBlaze:
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) used his Twitter account on Monday to criticize President Donald Trump and indicated he was quoting one of the country’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority,” the quote read.
The only problem? There’s no actual evidence to suggest Franklin ever said it.
The Daily Caller News Foundation, which uncovered the fake quote, spoke with Franklin scholar and chair of Baylor University Department of Management Dr. Blaine McCormick. McCormick told the Daily Caller that the quote was indeed a “hoax.”
After explaining that the way the sentence is worded simply doesn’t reflect 18th-century language, McCormick also told the DCNF that the idea of questioning authority was not even a commonly-held belief in Franklin’s time.
“‘Questioning authority’ is a much more modern idea. Franklin was more into ‘rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God,’” McCormick said. “Whoever perpetrated this particular hoax would have helped themselves by at least penning, “Tis the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority” to Franklin instead.
The Daily Caller also reported that after sending an email to Booker’s office, they only received a “sarcastic reply” from Booker’s communications director Jeff Giertz. “As Ben Franklin may or may not have said, ‘to err is human; to forgive, divine.’”
As of now the tweet is still up and has over 4,000 re-tweets.
First, no one should ever try to beat the president on Twitter, because the man is an absolute beast on social media — and going head-to-head with him on his own turf is simply asking for a verbal beat down of epic proportions.
Secondly, if you’re going to quote famous people from history, the least you could do is a quick five minute Google search to verify what you’re about to share is 100% accurate.
Since Booker completely ignored both of these pearls of wisdom, it’s no surprise he completely and totally embarrassed himself online and will likely be the butt of Trump jokes for some time to come.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]