Did you hear about Ben Carson’s latest misstep? Twitter was abuzz yesterday with a report that he had badly mangled Thomas Jefferson’s role in crafting the Constitution. Carson said that Jefferson, “tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies” while his critics suggested Jefferson was in France at the time and had nothing to do with the document.

Oh really?

Here’s USA Today Deputy Editorial Page Editor David Mastio with a little history lesson:

You see, Mastio knows this because Jefferson utilized something referred to as “letters” that we can read today while corresponding with George Washington and other framers of the Constitution:

Guess who was writing these letter thingies? Thomas Jefferson.

And do you know who was replying? George Washington and James Madison, among the most important framers of our Constitution.

So here’s the crazy thing: Jefferson, Madison, Washington and others were discussing how the U.S. Constitution should be written.


We did a quick search and found 15 verified Twitter accounts that need to apologize to Carson, but there are a lot more:




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