>That's the only high-profile situation I know of where someone habitually denies saying something that they definitely did say and may benefit from muddying waters to obscure the truth.
Fauci, Obama, and Biden all spring to mind immediately, in the real world rather than meme world you are impliedly referring to.
Fauci: well, the guy who got the Nobel prize for the tool now used for COVID-19 testing, spat the dummy HARD re Fauci, in public and on the record, essentially saying he was a liar, a purely political animal, and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near anything medical. Check out Fauci's lying re what his initial and insistent formal (and followed by Trump) advice was re face masks, esp. the videos, if you're not aware of this. And the more you look at, the more you agree with the Nobel laureate.
Obama: where do I start? When would I stop? Start yourself with Obamacare. The THEORY is wonderful. Two thumbs up. Magnificent. Then look at what he actually implemented. The complete disconnection and really sort of opposite outcome will be initially bewildering. Then look at the necessary $consequences of that and... you'll spit the dummy. Exactly opposite of the theory : not a decrease in uninsured, but a ~25% INcrease.
That's nearly 7m people chucked out of their existing health insurance. (Nett/total/end-result ; not one side of the Gross numbers.)
Biden: quick easy example : he laid into Trump's Evil Racism for the border force separating children from parents when collaring illegal border jumpers.
Thing is, it was he and Obama who changed the law + regs to Require that.
Worse, and something I only discovered coupla months ago, he and Obama actually built special custom prisons just for those children. "Wonderful" photos posted proudly on government websites (which is where I saw them, courtesy of an ex-Governor's public heads-up) of Biden and Obama proudly showing VIPs around their newly constructed Children's Prisons.
Not sure what was worse : the proud beaming strutting of Biden and Obama as they gestured at the cells, only required by their messed-up rule-change, or the boggling insanity of the cells' design. They look like a cross between a 60s SciFi dystopia movie re futuristic dehumanising authoritarianism, and/or an X-Files Alien Holding Tank.
So, yeah, there would be a _lot_ of people _very_ keen on this proposal.
But you might find they're mostly the people you've been trained to love, rather than the person you've been trained to despise.