Abbott tweets, then deletes fake Winston Churchill quote on fascists

Abbott tweets, then deletes fake Winston Churchill quote on fascists

By Johnathan Silver and W. Gardner Selby

Gov. Greg Abbott shared early Tuesday morning on Twitter former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s thoughts “on the leftwing.” He published the tweet shortly after midnight, then removed the post 10 hours later.

“The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists,” according to a meme the governor shared on his personal Twitter account before deleting it later Tuesday. “Some insights are timeless,” he added. The meme is credited to 9gag.com.

Churchill never made the comment, though.

Soren Geiger, who directs research for a Hillsdale College project publishing Churchill’s papers, told American-Statesman-based fact-checker PolitiFact Texas Tuesday that based on a review of the project’s comprehensive collection of Churchill’s writings, speeches and his official biography, he’s confident Churchill didn’t make the statement noted in Abbott’s tweet.

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