RNC Wrongly Attributes Quote from Jewish Scholar Hillel to Ronald Reagan
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell read a quote from the preamble of the Republican party’s 2012 platform, that was mistakenly attributed to Ronald Reagan instead of the famous Jewish sage Hillel, following a Republican National Committee meeting yesterday in Tampa, Florida.
After finishing a meeting to discuss the committee’s platform heading into the Republican National Convention, McDonnell began reading the preamble, saying, “We must answer Ronald Reagan’s question: If not us who? And if not now, when?”
However, as Zeke Miller of Buzz Feed points out, this quote was Reagan’s loose interpretation of one of the Jewish scholar’s most notable teachings, “If I am not for myself, who will be? And when I am for myself, what am ‘I’? And if not now, when?”
McDonnell chaired the platform meetings for the RNC on Monday and Tuesday.