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Did Democrats Say These Things?

Bogus quotes on murder, abortion, and constitutional rights circulated on social media in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.

Published Feb 13, 2020

Speech bubble on multicolored background. (Getty Images, stock)
Speech bubble on multicolored background. (Image Via Getty Images, stock)

A meme circulating on social media since late 2019 attributed four outrageous statements to various Democratic politicians, including 2020 presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

All of these quotes are fabricated and do not reflect anything actually said by any of the persons listed, as detailed in the stories listed below. But for quick reference:

The preposterous quote attributed to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee originated on a now-defunct satire site.

The notion that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden once proclaimed "no ordinary American cares about their constitutional rights" is based on an absurdly distorted version of something Biden said while discussing Second Amendment rights ("No law abiding citizen in the United States of America has any fear that their Constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None, zero.").

The notion that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts once declared that, "Having an abortion is no different than someone having their tonsils removed" is also based on an absurdly distorted version of something Warren said while discussing reproductive rights ("Today, thanks to [Roe v. Wade], getting an abortion is safer than getting your tonsils out").

The claim that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York opined that "owning guns is not a right" and "if it were a right, it would be in the Constitution" was one of many fake quotes circulated just after Ocasio-Cortez took office as a freshman representative in January 2019, as part of a concerted attempt to falsely portray her as ignorant.

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