Flat-out making up quotations to support your argument takes a special kind of liar… a Huckabee kinda of liar.
In his 1998 book Kids Who Kill, Huckabee and his evangelical co-author George Grant straight-up manufacture quotations from leaders of the past in order to prop up their extremist views of America as an inherently Christian nation.
"In many cases, the only verification of the existence of these quotations comes from (drumroll please) Huckabee’s prior books. Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Mark Arce report:
The book links that shooting to the decline in America’s moral culture. The quotes, from figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry, are often used to reinforce Huckabee’s moral viewpoint.
“Thomas Jefferson asserted that the ‘chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all,’” writes Huckabee in one part of the book on abortion.
However, according to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, “this quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.”
Another quote attributed to Jefferson read, “Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly expect to find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.” Neither the Thomas Jefferson Foundation nor The Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University could verify the quote.
“I have searched our presidential files using woodsman, nest, and family as keywords and have not found this quote,” The Papers of Thomas Jefferson wrote to BuzzFeed News in a statement.
Huckabee’s cites “King’s Signet Book’s” in his book as the source for the quote, but a search for the source only turns up links to Huckabee’s book and another book, Revolution: Jesus’ Call to Change the World.
“It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible,” reads a quote in Huckabee’s book attributed to George Washington.
“The quote is frequently misattributed to Washington, particularly in regards to his farewell address of 1796,” writes the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
Huckabee also attributed multiple quotes to founding father Patrick Henry that are unverifiable and sourced only to Huckabee’s book or a book cited by Huckabee."
Moral right my ass.