It was quickly shot down by a CNN reporter.
The GOP tweeted on Friday: “Let freedom be free.” It added a quote allegedly from Washington saying: “It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
Kaczynski helpfully included a link with his corrective tweet.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) November 26, 2022
The estate has been unable to definitively trace the actual origin of the quote. One Twitter wag attributed it to a 1650 letter written by Oliver Cromwell, a British politician of the 1600s. Several other fact-checking websites agreed.
It's actually Cromwell pic.twitter.com/XLZRTX70yT
— River_Tam ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@RiverTamYDN) November 26, 2022
Critics on Twitter found it searingly ironic that the GOP screwed up a quote about freedom amid the party’s crackdowns on reproductive rights for women, human rights for the LGBTQ community, people of color and voting rights.
The GOP quote was still up late Saturday night, and still falsely attributed to Washington.
George Washington did not say this. Maybe you would know that if you stopped banning history textbooks.
— Brett Meiselas (@BMeiselas) November 26, 2022
Free to love the person they want? Free to decide their own healthcare? Free from the threat of gun violence. Free to read any book they want Why do you support stealing these freedoms?
— Rod Jones (@Roadwalt) November 26, 2022
Let's talk about freedom, shall we? pic.twitter.com/MGRLMry0Sz
— Sally Deal 🇺🇸 Pro-Science/Media Sources Matter (@SallyDeal4) November 26, 2022
Tell that to the women whose reproductive freedoms you’ve stripped away.
— Jen (@email@example.com) (@jenminicooper) November 26, 2022
But don’t smoke weed, don’t engage in any sex or express any political ideas of which we disapprove, and certainly don’t go forming any unions.
Freedom for you guys seems entirely about what you are free to own. I can’t see any deeper principle at work.
— mousdrvr (@mousdrvr) November 26, 2022
The real art of GOP
— Irwin Glenn (@IdentityScience) November 26, 2022