Al Sharpton was roasted on social media after a clip went viral of his attacks on former President Donald Trump, where the far-left activist appeared to be so ignorant of history that he asked MSNBC viewers to imagine if Founding Fathers like James Madison or Thomas Jefferson had “tried to overthrow the government.”
In the wake of the Biden administration’s latest indictment of Trump in relation to his legal attempts to challenge the 2020 election, Sharpton appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to push the Democrats’ claims that Trump tried to “overthrow the government.”
While making his argument, Sharpton cited the two Founding Fathers who played major roles in overthrowing British rule in the American Revolution.
“One day, our children’s children will read American history, and can you imagine our reading that James Madison or Thomas Jefferson tried to overthrow the government so they could stay in power?” he asked.
“The sad part about this to me is that this is not a man that is facing all this because he believed in a political position or political policy or cause,” Sharpton claimed. “I’ve seen people go down the wrong side for a cause. This is all about him. This is narcissism with steroids and to think that he could get this whole country divided and split and commit these crimes — and have others commit crimes off his own self-aggrandizement — is as sick as it gets.”
A clip of Sharpton’s comments quickly went viral on X, formerly known as Twitter, with critics ridiculing him for his ignorance of American history.
“It was called the American Revolution. We were successful. We won,” wrote Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
It was called the American Revolution. We were successful. We won. https://t.co/cOuJzkCfVl
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 3, 2023
“Lol, yeah, we’re so lucky those guys were not revolutionaries,” cartoonist Scott Adams mockingly wrote.
Lol, yeah, we're so lucky those guys were not revolutionaries. https://t.co/GYrUfr7vAP
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) August 2, 2023
“Oh I can definitely imagine reading that James Madison and Thomas Jefferson overthrew a corrupt government,” Federalist co-founder and CEO Sean Davis wrote.
Oh I can definitely imagine reading that James Madison and Thomas Jefferson overthrew a corrupt government. https://t.co/l2qIpqTrSh
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 2, 2023
“Apart from him misrepresenting what the challenges to the 2020 election were based on, Wait until MSNBC learns about the founding of the country! I’m not sure what’s better — that he said this or that MSNBC decided to highlight it for their Twitter followers,” wrote Federalist editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway.
Apart from him misrepresenting what the challenges to the 2020 election were based on, Wait until MSNBC learns about the founding of the country! I'm not sure what's better — that he said this or that MSNBC decided to highlight it for their Twitter followers. https://t.co/64n7SdMZal
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 2, 2023