Marjorie Taylor Greene Causes Embarrassment Over Declaration of Independence Claim

By: David Donovan | Published: Jul 08, 2024

After claiming that some of the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has received a lot of ridicule on social media.

On July 5, Greene wrote on X, previously Twitter, “The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 was 44 years old, but more than a dozen were 35 or younger.” She then listed eight Founding Fathers and their ages on that date.”

Community Note

A community note stating that six of the eight figures she had listed did not sign the document was added to the post hours later. 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene posing with police officers in DC

Facebook user Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene

Greene’s post had more than 2 million views, 10,000 likes, and 6,500 comments as of Monday morning.

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Mistaken Attribution

Only Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence out of the names listed in the post. 

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John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.

John Trumbull

Social media users were quick to point out that even though James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, Aaron Burr, Paul Revere, and George Washington were significant participants in the American Revolution, they did not sign the document.

75% Incorrect

“75% of the ‘signers of the Declaration of Independence’ listed here by Marjorie Taylor Greene did not actually sign the document,” one user wrote on X, describing the error as a “reminder that it’s really important for kids to stay in school.”

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National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. 2012. Benjamin Franklin and other signers of the constitution bronze statues

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Another user made fun of the congresswoman by claiming that Benjamin Franklin was the president of the United States and the document’s final signer (it was Thomas McKean): “Thank you for this, Senator. And the final signature was applied by Ben Franklin, who was president at the time. Patriotic facts.”

Parody Account

On X, user @RepJackKimble wrote that Greene had neglected to include other notable signatories, such as “Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, and Ronald Reagan?” 

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President Ronald Reagan Addresses the Nation from the Oval Office on Tax Reduction Legislation.

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The user is a parody account for a Republican representative for California’s 54th Congressional District (the state has 52 districts).

Past Claims

Greene, a Georgia conservative whose support for steadfastly right-wing issues has launched her into the public consciousness.

Marjorie Taylor Greene being sworn in as other people are around her

X user RepMTG

She has offered a few questionable and misleading expressions previously which have caught the attention of the masses.

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Fauci and Trump

She stated earlier in June that the role Dr. Anthony Fauci played in the U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be investigated for crimes against humanity. 

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, listen as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony S. Fauci delivers remarks during a coronavirus update briefing Thursday, April 16, 2020

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She stated in May that when the FBI raided Donald Trump’s Florida home in August 2022, they intended to assassinate him.

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Rothschilds Conspiracy

She leveled claims in 2018 at the Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish banking family frequently mentioned in antisemitic conspiracy theories. 

Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, built in 1872 as a Paris townhouse for Salomon James de Rothschild

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Greene claimed that they were involved in a profitable plan to start wildfires in California using space lasers.

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“Space Lasers”

In April, she brought up the topic of space lasers once more.

Entrance to Mexico from San Diego, California, United States of America with people moving to the entrance

Flickr user adamina

This time she suggested that the United States government should put Israeli “space lasers” at the border with Mexico to stop illegal migration.

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2020 Election

Greene has also frequently promoted conspiracy theories and false information regarding the 2020 election.

Rioters outside the US Capitol building holding US flags and "Make America Great Again" flags

Flickr user Tyler Merbler

She has expressed skepticism regarding the riot in the United States Capital on January 6, 2021. 

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“Prisoners of War”

She has made claims about inmates in a Washington, D.C., jail who were being held in connection with the riot at the Capitol.

Trump speaking at the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6, 2021

Facebook user Voice of America

Greene has claimed these people were “political prisoners of war” in 2021.

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Greene’s Rival

Meanwhile 40-year old military veteran Shawn Harris is hoping to challenge Greene in the November election.

Shawn Harris posing for a photo in jeans and a check shirt as well as glasses

X user ShawnForGeorgia

Selected for the Democratic Party as the candidate for the 14th Congressional District, the area is traditionally conservative.

However Greene’s past actions including the failed attempt to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson earlier in the year may see her being unseated in a shock outcome.

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