To celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday, the GOP posted one of his inspiring quotes – which would have been great, except that he never actually said that quote.
The misleading tweet read, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
— @red3blog (@red3blog) February 12, 2017
According to Quote Investigator, there’s no evidence proving Lincoln even said that. In fact, the expression is believed to have been made only in the 1940s for a book about aging.
“The important thing to you is not how many years in your life, but how much life in your years!” read the ad for Edward Stieglitz’s book The Second Forty Years.
Other sources from the 1980s, meanwhile, believed Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson penned the quote at one point.
On Twitter, everyone expectedly went nuts and made their own alternative Abe Lincoln facts.
.@GOP "I'm not like the other girls" -Abraham Lincoln
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) February 12, 2017
@GOP "I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I am all out of bubblegum." -Abraham Lincoln
— Benjamin Byron Davis (@Tooda) February 12, 2017
— resistance robert (@rowast) February 12, 2017
— Scott Moore (@Sman80) February 12, 2017
— Julien Jouanneau (@juljouanneau) February 12, 2017