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article imageDonald Trump quotes Mahatma Gandhi, turns out it's fake

By Sravanth Verma     Mar 3, 2016 in Odd News
A day before his big Super Tuesday win, Donald Trump decided to quote Mahatma Gandhi on his Instagram account. Only problem, it wasn't actually Gandhi that he was quoting.
Trump put up a photo of himself on stage, addressing a big crowd at his Sunday speech in Alabama, with the quote printed underneath: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” He signed it off as being Gandhi's quote. Quite a few people were outraged that Trump was quoting Gandhi. However, perhaps Trump's aides weren't meticulous enough with their Google searches because this is actually not a quote from Gandhi.
It turns out that a version of this quote comes from Nicholas Klein, an American labor organizer, while giving a talk at a convention in 1918, at Baltimore, United States. "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you," Klein had said, before continuing, "And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America."
While this quote is often attributed to Gandhi, it isn't quite clear why. Gandhi, known as Mahatma or "great soul," was a key figure in India's independence struggle against the British in the first half of the twentieth century. The misattribution is perhaps due to something Gandhi wrote in 1926, that was along the same lines. In a note titled Freedom's Battle, Gandhi describes how the non-cooperation movement he had launched against the British was gaining in momentum. Non-cooperation was a tactic in which the Indian people refused to follow laws imposed by the British, bringing the country and its economy to a standstill, thus forcing the British government to give in to Indian demands.
Gandhi wrote: "Unfortunately for His Excellency the movement is likely to grow with ridicule as it is certain to flourish on repression. No vital movement can be killed except by the impatience, ignorance or laziness of its authors. A movement cannot be ‘insane’ that is conducted by men of action as I claim the members of the Non-co-operation Committee are. … Ridicule is like repression. Both give place to respect when they fail to produce the intended effect. … It will be admitted that non-co-operation has passed the stage [of] ridicule. Whether it will now be met by repression or respect remains to be seen. … But the testing time has now arrived. In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect.”
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