President Donald Trump's legal team continues to embarrass him both in person and online.
On Twitter, Jenna Ellis, one of the President's legal advisors, tweeted this supposed Theodore Roosevelt quote:
"To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth."
https://t.co/xjjZEx7Nvh— Jenna Ellis (@Jenna Ellis)1606280819.0
Ellis' "quote" was quickly debunked.
After checking with the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Reuters could find no evidence that Teddy Roosevelt had ever said these words or anything like them.
After being called out, Ellis returned to Twitter to proclaim while her quote about honesty was a lie, the idea seemed true to her.
For people asking, this quotation has been attributed to Roosevelt, but there isn’t a specific record of him saying… https://t.co/8VflWjeyO6— Jenna Ellis (@Jenna Ellis)1606313645.0
Twitter couldn't believe Ellis had shared a fake quote to try and shame liberals for their "lies" then justified it because it felt true to her.
Jenna Ellis’s fake Roosevelt quote just captures so many perfect things about the Trump legal team. https://t.co/crF8RZCL8d— Raffi Melkonian (@Raffi Melkonian)1606315896.0
In which, the Trumpian world having achieved Orwellian perfection, a quote about dishonesty is falsely shoved into… https://t.co/lGkUGLKR5x— David Simon (@David Simon)1606299766.0
"Austin 3:16 says I just whupped your ass" -- Hulk Hogan https://t.co/HsH5CBzGD8— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1606317622.0
Maybe it's beating a dead horse at this point but there is something so perfect about tweeting this fake quote. https://t.co/6KtxKj2ckt— Respectable Lawyer (@Respectable Lawyer)1606287856.0
Theodore Roosevelt literally started a political party called the “Progressive Party.” “Bull Moose Party” was a nic… https://t.co/vY93rn5kGX— Jake the halls with boughs of Raabe (@Jake the halls with boughs of Raabe)1606316709.0
And anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt and his relatively progressive platform would be suspicious of a quote like this coming from him.
Teddy Roosevelt, that man who famously loved to own the libs https://t.co/4AfPgSoZXC— Tony Bobulinski (@Tony Bobulinski)1606315432.0
Teddy Roosevelt never said this. Falling for a fake quote from a Facebook meme is on-brand for an "attorney" who h… https://t.co/4ADSUrqup5— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1606312459.0
Literally using a fake quote while staking out the moral high ground on honesty. https://t.co/hNYGh1YW06 https://t.co/cntyUoC5lu— Aaron Blake (@Aaron Blake)1606308516.0
The internet, inspired by Ellis, made up some of their own Roosevelt quotes.
To anger a value investor, tell him Warren Buffett got lucky. To anger a growth investor, tell him Tesla is a bubble. -Teddy Roosevelt— Michael Batnick (@Michael Batnick)1606318793.0
Teddy Roosevelt would approve of Jenna Ellis being dragged for her dishonesty. https://t.co/Ey7ORSCHjj— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1606319615.0
“To make orange juice, squeeze an orange. To make idiot juice, squeeze Jenna Ellis.” - also Teddy Roosevelt https://t.co/Tu567i1zGB— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1606317476.0
Ellis should just be thankful Teddy Roosevelt isn't still around to give her a stern talking-to...
since Jenna Ellis dared put the BULL MOOSE himself, Teddy Roosevelt in her mouth with a fake quote, here's two quot… https://t.co/anTYd2aIOf— Warhammer 40k Ork Stan - CAUSE GREEN IS BESTEST (@Warhammer 40k Ork Stan - CAUSE GREEN IS BESTEST)1606314411.0
...but Roosevelt's great-grandson was.
Theodore Roosevelt V shared his own "quote" in response to Ellis.
"Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their resounding victory" - @JennaEllisEsq I couldn't find a… https://t.co/52ziPFg1Ou— Ted Roosevelt V (@Ted Roosevelt V)1606319086.0
If Donald Trump was hoping today would be the day his legal team finally pulled themselves together, he's in for some bad news.