Plagiarism accusations against Rand Paul keep piling up since Rachel Maddow first introduced us to his “incorrectly footnoted” copying of the Gattaca Wikipedia entry. Paul, of course, denied the accusations, claiming that he simply did not footnote his “quote” properly.
Unfortunately, Paul claims that he was quoting the plot of the movie, when in reality he was blatantly stealing the Wikipedia entry. He claims he gave credit to “the screenwriter,” who he cannot name, but the screenwriter, Andrew Niccol, likely did not edit the Wikipedia article.
As Paul worked fervently to scrub any evidence of past plagiarism from the Internet, more allegations surfaced. Paul, it seems, copied three entire pages of his book, Government Bullies from a combination of a Heritage Foundation article and a CATO Institute study.
Paul, nervous, showed America his ability to “commit to the lie,” though, dismissing the accusations as unfair targeting by “hacks and haters.” He also expressed his desire to do away with his critics (though he was careful to avoid specifically naming Rachel Maddow) in the only way extreme right wingers understand: with gun violence. Citing his political office, he immediately withdrew his challenge.
Paul’s troubles are not over, though! Buzzfeed has uncovered some…similarities…between an Op-Ed Paul wrote on drug sentencing for the Washington Times and an article by Dan Stewart of The Week entitled Rethinking Mandatory Sentencing. According to Buzzfeed, Paul also delivered testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 16 that included the stolen material.
Here’s Stewart’s introduction to “Rethinking Mandatory Sentencing”:
Paul wrote THIS a week later (BOLDED text is text Paul copied)
Later on, Paul “borrowed” more text from the article. First, we have the text from The Week:
And Now, here’s what Paul wrote:
Paul, of course, will accuse the “footnote police” of being on him too much. If this keeps happening, we’re going to have to come up with an inventive -“Gate” style name. Please leave suggestions in the comments!
Watch Paul ramble incoherently about footnotes in the video below: