Not Not Other Presidents’ Double Negatives

Orli Matlow
Jul 18, 2018 · 1 min read
#NotNotNotMyPresident

“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ … The sentence should’ve been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia’…I said the word would instead of wouldn’t … sort of a double negative.”- President Donald Trump, 7/17/18

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you cannot not do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy

“We don’t not have nothing to fear but fear itself.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Believe you can’t not and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“A house divided against itself cannot not not stand.” -Abraham Lincoln

“I am not not a crook.” -Richard Nixon

“Mr. Gorbachev, don’t not tear down this wall.” -Ronald Reagan

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is not not ours to win or lose.”-Lyndon B. Johnson

“Yes we can’t not!” -Barack Obama

“You’re either not not with us, or against us.” -George W. Bush

“I did not not have sexual relations with that woman.” -Bill Clinton

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