Rep Madison Cawthorne says of the excitement he feels in the wake of the Jan 6 Insurrection and second Trump impeachment, “I feel a lot like Magellan. You know – the great explorer,” apparently unaware of Magellan’s ultimate fate when he reached the Philippines (Hint: it involved poison arrows and did not go well for Magellan).
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem requests state appropriate $900,000 toward revamping social studies curriculum to emphasize why the US “is the most special nation in the history of the world.” Here's a little more: “I have tasked my administration with creating instructional materials and classroom resources on America’s founding, our nation’s history, and the state’s history...Through all of this, our common mission and key objective need to be explaining why the United States of America is the most special nation in the history of the world.”
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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says Trump is the “most masculine” president in US history. We'll grant that Trump likely was the "most" in some US president categories, but "most masculine"? Something tells us that Theodore Roosevelt, not to mention all those other US presidents who fought in US wars and were great athletes, might object, given that Trump avoided military service and that he has long believed that exercise and sports (except golf) are harmful to the body.    
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Trump awards Rep Devin Nunes the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, for uncovering “the greatest scandal in American history.” The Whiskey Ring, Credit Mobilier, Teapot Dome, and Watergate were unavailable for comment. 
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AZ state senator Wendy Rogers defends Confederate General Robert E. Lee - the man who led the military effort to destroy the United States and establish a permanent slaveholding republic - was “a great patriot and a great leader” who “loved our country more than Antifa.” 
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Listed in chronological order. Scroll to the end to find the most recent history fails. The nomination season runs from December to December, so the first few nominations for 2021 occuirred in Decemb er 2020.

Prager University posts a video defending Confederate General Robert E. Lee for, among other things, “crush[ing] the attempted slave rebellion by radical abolitionist John Brown.” Last time we checked, radical abolitionists like John Brown played an instrumental role in bringing about the end of slavery, so your point is....? 
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Arizona GOP tweets out a pro-Trump painting that many noticed looked A LOT like traitor Benedict Arnold. Oops. Maybe it was the thought that counted? 
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Rep Jim Jordan says Trump should not be impeached because of … the history of flight? After citing the Wright Brothers, Chuck Yeager, and Neil Armstrong, he observed: “In one lifetime, in 66 years, two guys flying a hundred feet to putting a man on the moon…That’s what this country is capable of. That’s what we can do. So I hope, I hope we defeat this [impeachment].” OK. Shhhhuuuuure... 
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Heard somebody say something absurd about US history? Send us your nominations for the2021 Weemsies™! 

South Dakota Senator says Founding Fathers would be against DC Statehood. Observers like us noted that a) so what? They also opposed emancipation, direct election of senators, women's suffrage, and a powerful military; and b) there's no freakin' way to know what the Founders would have opposed or supported, be it, say, South Dakota statehood, locomotives, electricity, or a female vice president. 
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Dinesh D’Souza reprises his go-to bit about “progressive historians,” Democrats, and Nazis.  In his latest ill-fated tilt with historian Kevin Kruse, D'Souza writes, "I open a boot shop in historian Kevin Kruse's rear end. DEMOCRATS and NAZIS." A "boot shop"? Gawd that's weird and creepy. 
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Writer Will Chamberlain simpers that Jan 6 Insurrection at the US Capitol - which nearly resulted in the murders of members of Congress and the Vice president - means conservatives will “face a level of collective discrimination by the institutions of our society not seen since Jim Crow.” Oh, the humanity! 
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Rep Louie Gohmert quotes Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King in SCOTUS filing aimed at overturning Biden’s election and nullifying 90% of African American votes. Remind us - what was Dr. King's position on voting rights? 
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Trump commission’s “1776 Report” on US History - Largely Written by Non-Historians - Derided and Dismissed by Actual Historians
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SC Rep Nancy Mace quotes Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King in opposition to Trump’s impeachment: “I’m asking my colleagues to remember the words of the legendary, the great leader in this country, Dr. Martin Luther King, who once said ‘the time is always right to do what is right’.”
And that's because King supported efforts to use violence to overturn an election and topple the US government? Perhaps we missed school the day ​that was covered...
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WSJ editor, in defense of the filibuster, claims the Senate “was designed to ensure some balance between the interests of urban and rural parts of the country” Historians be like, Urban? In 1787? That's cuz the design was intended to balance populous states vs. less populous states. Also, slave vs free. 
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ND Legislator says Black Americans Are “Glad Their Ancestors Were Brought Here as Slaves.” Terry B.Jones said he came by this understanding after reading a Reader's Digest article in the 1980s in which an African American doctor who traveled to Africa said he was glad his ancestors had been brought to the US. Research into the RD archive turned up no such article, but whatever. 
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Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene claims the US invented electricity. "The American People invented electricity, automobiles, airplanes, televisions, cell phones, and virtually every other incredible invention before social media." 
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Glenn Beck Compares Twitter's Banning of Donald Trump and others connected to the January 6 Insurrection to the Holocaust: “This is like the Germans with the Jews behind the wall. They would put them in the ghetto. This [social media ban] is the digital ghetto….And that’s where we are. That’s where millions of Americans will be.”
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Rep Steve Scalise mischaracterizes Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address as a call for healing in his speech against impeaching Trump. He seems to not have read the address all the way through to the part where Lincoln says the Union must first defeat the Confederacy before the nation can be made whole again. 
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Rush Limbaugh Likens Capitol Rioters to Founding Fathers: “We’re supposed to be horrified by the protesters. There’s a lot of people out there calling for the end of violence…I am glad Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, the actual Tea Party guys, the men at Lexington and Concord, didn’t feel that way.” 
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Sen Ted Cruz cites the ignominious Compromise of 1877 - in which a partisan commission illegitimately awarded the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes - as precedent for challenging Biden’s election victory. The Compromise led to the dismantling of Reconstruction and re-imposing of white supremacy in the South. 
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Nominees for the 2021 Weemsy Awards™

Rep Greg Steube cites an 1869 "free speech" defense of a KKK leader in his defense of Trump at impeachment hearing. Because, why not? 
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Writer Chilton Williamson, Jr, in attack on “woke” culture, invokes debunked myth that "many Southern blacks, freemen as well as slaves, fought on the side of the Confederacy." Hmm. Maybe read a book - one written by a historian, rather than inaccurate internet drivel? Just a thought. 
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Tucker Carlson says “what Democrats have in mind is a new version of Reconstruction,” indicating a) he knows nothing about Reconstruction, or b) he subscribes to a long-discredited and racist account of Reconstruction known as the "Dunning School." Either way, not a good look. 
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