Ohio Gov. John Kasich decided to Take a Walk on the
Wild LIE Side this weekend by quoting a phony Lincoln quote while attacking President Obama’s plans to raise taxes on the wealthy.
The possible contender for the 2016 presidential race invoked the lie during an interview with Fox News Sunday.
Kasich stated that “You cannot build a little guy up by tearing a big guy down. Abraham Lincoln said it then, and he’s right.”
However, according to the Pulitzer Prize winning Tampa Bay Times, that line comes from a pamphlet published by a prominent minister in 1916.
Tampa Bay Times project PunditFact reported late Sunday that it was “a fine quote to illustrate Kasich’s point. But it’s not actually something Lincoln said.”
The true author of the quote is the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a minister-turned-public speaker, born eight years after Lincoln was killed. In 1916, Boetcker published the list of “10 Cannots,” a collection of personal truisms largely centered on the benefits of laissez-faire capitalism.
The fact-checking organization rated Kasich’s statement as “Pants on Fire” later in their article.