After Sen. Lindsey Graham and 42 other Republican senators voted to remove a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act that would have capped the price of insulin at $35 as the provision ran afoul of parliamentarian rules, a satirical quote took on a life of its own. Social media users mistook it as a genuine statement from the South Carolina senator criticizing the availability of this life-saving medication as it didn’t address problems with overpopulation. But Graham never said this. Let’s take a look at the facts.
It can be easy to miss the signs of misinformation in the heat of the moment. If you are outraged about an issue, you may be more susceptible to believe claims that play into that anger. Remember to pause, reflect and examine the media on your feed, especially when it contains emotionally charged content, in order to make better judgments about its contents. Just because this may “feel” like something Graham would say, it doesn’t mean that he said it.
This satirical quote originated with an influential commentary account run by a former assistant U.S. attorney named Ken White. While this account often provides commentary on genuine news stories, it also shares memes and humorous items. The fictitious quote misattributed to Graham was originally presented without any indications that it was satirical. It wasn’t until many people were fooled by this quote that the account posted a follow-up message to clarify that this was not a genuine quote from Graham.
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