When Trump Quoted Thomas Jefferson….

The Malignant Narcissist in the White House misquotes (lies about) Thomas Jefferson in an attack on the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a free press.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Trump recently quoted Thomas Jefferson to sustain Trump’s campaign against the press, which he has called “The enemy of the American people.”

Trump certainly didn’t read Jefferson, but someone on his staff found this quote for him, to make it appear that Jefferson opposed a free press.

“When Thomas Jefferson said ‘nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself,’ he said, ‘becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.’ That was June 14 — my birthday — 1807.”

The Washington Post has started a regular column to fact check Trump’s claims, and the fact checker pointed out:

Trump selectively quotes from Jefferson here, who for most of his life was a fierce defender of the need for a free press. When Jefferson wrote to 17-year-old John Novell, urging him to avoid a career in journalism, he was embittered by reports spread by his political opponents…

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