Trump Lawyer Gets The Meme Treatment For Posting Fake Roosevelt Quote

Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted a graphic on Tuesday that sought to swipe at liberals using a quote from former President Theodore Roosevelt. Ma, as a quick Google search reveals, Roosevelt never said that. That attribution has been debunked by multiple fact-checking sites when circulated in the past.— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) novembre 25, 2020 When Twitter users brought that to the lawyer’s attention, she did not delete the misinformation but instead defended her choice to share it while knowing it was untrue. “For people asking, this quotation has been attributed to Roosevelt, but there isn’t a specific record of him saying this in a speech,” she wrote. “I posted it because the ifea itself is true, whether or not he said it! :).” It has only been “attributed” to Roosevelt in internet misinformation ― in memes, on discussion boards and social media. Multiple organizations that commemorate and archive Roosevelt’s life and work have no record of any such quote ever being said. In recent weeks, Ellis has been a leading member of President Donald Trump’s extensive legal efforts to overturn his election loss. In concert with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Ellis and the Trump campaign legal team provided a stream of bizarre and baseless conspiracy theories about widespread electoral fraud. Their legal challenges have flamed out case after case. The lawyer’s strange interpretation of the truth in Wednesday’s tweet gave Twitter critics some food for thought, and fodder for memes.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) novembre 25, 2020 \”My quote about the truth may not be true, but you have to admit, there is some truth to the lie in my fake thing about how much I get mad about lies\— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) novembre 25, 2020 “I never actually said this, but, Jenna Ellis is an objectively bad lawyer.” —Teddy Roosevelt You’re right, Jenna, THIS IS FUN!— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) novembre 25, 2020 \”I’m an embarrassment to the legal profession.\” – Jenna Ellis*For people asking, this quotation has been attributed to Jenna but there’s no record of her saying it. I posted it because the idea itself is true.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) novembre 25, 2020 This is an unusually explicit example of the psychological strategy Daniel Effron wrote about in 2018 where Trump supporters defend lies and falsehoods by encouraging \people to reflect on how the falsehoods could have been true.\”— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) novembre 25, 2020 \”I’m really bad at lawyering, but I couldn’t pass up the payday from Trump to lose a bunch of court cases.\” – Jenna EllisThere’s no record of her saying this. I posted it because the ifea itself is true, whether or not she said it! 🙂— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) novembre 25, 2020 \”Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their resounding victory\” – @JennaEllisEsq I couldn’t find a \specific record\of this quote but I like the ifea of it.— Ted Roosevelt V (@RooseveltTed) novembre 25, 2020 \”Jenna Ellis is a goddamn moron.\” – George Washington— Bad History Takes (@badhistorytakes) novembre 25, 2020 So updating this to be more accurate— Don \Big Chooch\Moynihan (@donmoyn) novembre 25, 2020 To anger a conservative, show them this actual TR quote….— Dammed Writer (@DammedWriter) novembre 25, 2020— T.J. Harley (@tj_harley) novembre 25, 2020

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