Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett is one of Hillary Clinton‘s biggest supporters, but Donald Trump seems to think the business magnate is on his side.
That’s according to Trump himself, who quoted a tweet from Dan Scavino, a public relations executive with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Scavino’s original tweet included a photo of Buffett and paraphrased text from his interview with CNBC on Monday morning:
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) August 11, 2015
Trump subsequently retweeted Scavino’s bit on Tuesday, saying it was “such a nice honor, thank you”:
Such a nice honor, thank you. https://t.co/AE3Gv1mpS4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2015
It would seem Trump, and Scavino before him, think Buffett is endorsing the campaign. The only problem Buffett is a staunch proponent for Clinton. Plus, there’s the problematic nature of taking a paraphrased quote out of its original context and making it mean something else entirely.
Here’s what Buffett actually said during a discussion of the first GOP debate:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if [Trump] maintained a quite a solid base for a long time. That means he’s going to get a fair number of delegates…. He’s not going to run out of money. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch, especially if you’re a Democrat.”
At no time did Buffett utter the phrase “Trump’s support is here to stay.” He talked about the Donald having a “solid base for a long time,” which is synonymous, but not what Scavino and Trump have attributed to him. That phrasing comes from the title of a Newsmax article that covered the CNBC interview.
Check out the clip below for the original quote, courtesy of CNBC:
[Image via Twitter]
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