In June 2016, at least two memes were circulated featuring a quote purportedly from Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren saying, “If the Republicans disarm, all is well and good. If they refuse to disarm, we shall disarm them ourselves”:
The quote also circulated in early 2015:
The meme’s June 2016 recirculation was likely due to Warren’s new visibility as a vocal adversary to Donald Trump and his candidacy. As Warren debated the GOP frontrunner on Twitter, folks resurrected the old purported quote as a general argument against Warren’s character and likability:
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 7, 2016
We were unable to locate any interviews, footage, clips, tweets, or other instances in which Elizabeth Warren said anything remotely resembling the phrase quoted above.