Former President Donald Trump falsely called Thomas Jefferson a “principal writer” of the Constitution in a statement slamming New York City officials for voting to remove his statue from New York City Hall.
In the statement, posted to Twitter Tuesday evening by spokesperson Liz Harrington, Trump wrote, “The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States, is being ‘evicted’ from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber.”
Jefferson did not write the U.S. Constitution. He was in France at the time of the convention. He did, however, write the Declaration of Independence. James Madison is known as the chief architect of the Constitution.
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President Donald J. Trump:
“Well, it’s finally happened. The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States, is being “evicted” from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber… pic.twitter.com/XXdrGyrpMn
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 19, 2021
You’d think that a former president of the United States would have the cursory knowledge that Thomas Jefferson did not actually write any of the Constitution, as he was in France at the time. But hey, it’s Trump. https://t.co/fyoq69j9lo
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) October 19, 2021
NEW! “President Donald J. Trump” writes Thomas Jefferson was “a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States”
Fact Check: Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Madison wrote the Constitution.
Jefferson Madison https://t.co/xPtN0PzJuI pic.twitter.com/0ssAzrOqIx
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) October 19, 2021