Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., NY) credited Thomas Jefferson for writing the Bill of Rights during a debate over the First Amendment and campaign finance Tuesday.
While Schumer’s gratitude towards the Founding Father is endearing, it is also unprecedented: Thomas Jefferson is considered to be the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, not the Bill of Rights.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute,” Schumer said.
Schumer is not alone in his historical gaffe. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Tex.) incorrectly said that the United States Constitution is 400 years old.