Everyone’s laughing at Madison Cawthorn after he tried schooling 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 Donald Trump‘s “true lender” rule via the Congressional Review Act.
In an attempt at sounding like a real life statesman guy, the 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast quoted Thomas Jefferson.
“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.
Except that it wasn’t Thomas Jefferson who (not “that”) made those remarks. It was John Adams.
Cawthorn: It was Thomas Jefferson that said facts are stubborn things… pic.twitter.com/LokKpvmxij
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 24, 2021
In Cawthorn’s defense, he was home schooled for most of his life and only completed one semester of college, where he maintained a D average. And his top staffer, William “Blake” Harp, has zero background in government and virtually no work experience other than a gig at a fireworks stand in Texas.
This isn’t the first time the young lawmaker, who lied about the 2014 car crash that left him partially paralyzed, has gotten basic information about American history wrong either. In the past, he incorrectly stated that James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence, and he wrongly claimed Congress voted to have Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here’s what Twitter has to say about the whole thing…
Madison Cawthorn is learning this morning that, yes, facts indeed are stubborn things.
— A Hopeful Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) 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
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 George Washington who said “it’s the only life you got, so you gotta live it big time”
— B(LM)en Montero (he/him) (@BenMontero36) June 25, 2021
Madison Cawthorn getting fact checked by Twitter while speaking on the House floor is a treat I'll be enjoying for years to come.
It's also what happens when you hire a friend to work in your office with zero government experience.
— ????Carly D. Mayer???? (@CarlyDMayer) June 25, 2021
Madison Cawthorn: It was Teddy Roosevelt who said, “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comforts me, speaking words of wisdom, Let it be” 🙄😀
— Paul (@stirgryguy2) June 25, 2021
Retweet if you think North Carolina deserves leadership that Madison Cawthorn is uninterested in providing.
— Eric Gash (@GashForCongress) June 25, 2021
Facts are a stubborn thing.
— Michael Foley (@michaelnfoley) June 25, 2021
Honestly, his “communications” staff is not doing him any favors and might really dislike/hate him. Kind of like Meghan McCains hair stylist.
— DebbieM NO FBR Lists!*Biden/Harris, Senate/House!* (@MaukDebbie) June 24, 2021
"Don't believe everything you read on the internets."
-Prime Minister Abraham Lincoln, 1979.
— Vincent Kinard (@VitticusR) June 25, 2021
Madison Cawthorn- It was Cotton Mather who said “I love it when you call me big poppa. I only smoke blunts if they rolled proper”
— RonMcKernan (@EricRiffe) June 25, 2021
I give Madison Cawthorn credit for consistently being wrong about everything.
— Roy Hobbs (@RoyH0bbs) June 24, 2021
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.