And a quick Internet search would have revealed that it’s one of those quotes that is widely misattributed to Lincoln; in fact, it probably originated in some 1940s ad copy. Such misquotes are rampant on social media: One collection of “Ridiculous Misquotes” on Pinterest includes gems like Oscar Wilde talking about people with fancy cars (he died before such a thing existed) and self-help-y advice from the notoriously unsentimental Ernest Hemingway.
Looks like the Republican National Committee was the first to post the image to social media, and Trump picked it up a bit later. His son, Donald Jr., followed suit. A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But all the postings remained — well after the fact-check-hashtag-mocking cycle that followed.
Twitter wags posted their own made-up Lincoln sayings:
But this one might just sum up the incident the best: