The internet erupted in laughter at freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) after he attempted to school his Democratic colleagues about the importance of facts yesterday but then got one of the most basic facts in his speech wrong.
The embarrassing moment happened while Cawthorn was speaking on the House floor during a debate over whether to repeal the Trump administration’s “true lender” rule via the Congressional Review Act.
Cawthorn attempted to sound like a statesman by dropping a favorite Founding Fathers quote into his speech.
“It was Thomas Jefferson that [sic] said, ‘Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.’ Let’s cast our eyes over the facts, shall we,” he claimed, crediting Thomas Jefferson.
Unfortunately for Cawthorn, or whoever wrote the speech for him, Jefferson didn’t say that. John Adams did.
Cawthorn: It was Thomas Jefferson that said facts are stubborn things… pic.twitter.com/LokKpvmxij
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 24, 2021
CNN reporter Daniel Dale pointed out that this isn’t the first time Cawthorn has gotten something wrong.
“In the last 10 months, Cawthorn has wrongly said in a speech that James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence, wrongly said Congress voted to have Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and now in another speech attributed a famous John Adams line to Jefferson,” Dale tweeted.
The Asheville Citizen-Times noted last August that Cawthorn attended one semester of college and earned mostly Ds.
Twitter users had a few things to say about Cawthorn’s so-called embarrassing lecture:
Thomas Jefferson didn't say that. But, as they say, facts are stubborn things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/bi4Qyxwc46
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 24, 2021
Madison Cawthorn has wrongly claimed that James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence, Congress voted to have Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation and Thomas Jefferson said "facts are stubborn things"
He really needs to pick up a history book
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) June 25, 2021
Madison Cawthorn: It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Woah, we're half way there. Woah, livin' on a prayer. Take my hand, we'll make it I swear. Woah, livin' on a prayer.”
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 25, 2021
Never underestimate the inappropriate confidence of a right wing nut. Facts are stubborn things: but 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
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) June 25, 2021
Swing and a miss again from Madison Cawthorn. He was soooo close too. Dang stupid book learning.pic.twitter.com/OGka6wWnuL
— Boston Grandpa 🤟 Vote BLUE ‘22 (@Boston_Grandpa) June 25, 2021