A quote attributed to JFK allegedly 7 days before his assassination state, “There’s a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman and child. Before I leave this high and noble office, I intend to expose this plot.” Did JFK actually speak or write these words?
There is no evidence that John F. Kennedy ever spoke or wrote these words. We could not find it in exhaustive searches of JFK speeches or biographies.
Because this quote has no history in published books or newspapers, we tried doing some various Google searches for websites or news articles to see where it first appeared online. The quote first gained popularity in November 2011. The earliest dated reference to the quote we could find on the web is dated November 27, 2011 by SaveAmericaFoundation. It included an older version of the meme, with the word “noble” spelled incorrectly. The quote was, however, referenced earlier than this in a usenet discussion back in 2004, but it only appeared a few times on usenet until the November 2011 web appearance, which is when the quote seemed to gain traction.
7 Days Before
Both incarnations of the meme circulating the quote state that Kennedy spoke (or wrote) those words seven days before his assassination. This would have been November 15, 1963. On that date, JFK gave two speeches. The texts of those speeches are available online (see links below) and in neither of these speeches did the quote in question appear.
- Remarks in New York City at the National Convention of the Catholic Youth Organization (November 15, 1963)
- Remarks in New York City at the AFL-CIO Convention (November 15, 1963)
- Debunked: There’s a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman, and child (Metabunk: December 2, 2011)
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