RNC misquotes Abraham Lincoln, sparking Twitter frenzy

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

The Republican National Committee paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln on Twitter on Sunday by sharing a quote from the 16th president on what would’ve been his 208th birthday.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count,” the quote read. “It’s the life in your years.”

The same quote and image was also posted to President Trump’s Instagram feed.

Just one little problem: Lincoln never said that.

The RNC’s tweet (@GOP)

It appears the quote first appeared in a 1947 advertisement for a book about aging by Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz.

The flub did not go unnoticed on the Internet, as Twitter users mocked the GOP by gleefully sharing their own misattributed Lincoln quotes.









Meanwhile, it wasn’t a great weekend for official Twitter feeds and historical figures.

The U.S. Department of Education apologized for misspelling the name of W.E.B. Du Bois while quoting the late writer, historian and civil rights activist on its Twitter feed Sunday morning.

The tweet spelled his last name “DeBois” — a typo that appeared to mimic the name of the department’s controversial new secretary, Betsy DeVos.


And a poster of President Trump that included a misspelling in a quote was removed from the Library of Congress’ online store after Twitter users noticed the error.

Early Monday, the RNC deleted its tweet with the wrongly-attributed Lincoln quote. But it remained posted to Trump’s Instragram feed on Monday afternoon.

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