Rand Paul recently found himself in hot water after Rachel Maddow caught him plagiarizing lines in a speech from the Wikipedia entry on Gattaca. According to Wikipedia, this is not Rand Paul’s first brush with Wikiplagiarism. In March and June of 2013, Paul “had also repeated passages from a Wikipedia article on the 1988 film Stand and Deliver nearly verbatim without crediting the source” in speeches on immigration.
See how that works, Rand?
Jorge Ramos of Fusion asked Rand if he stole the lines from Wikipedia. Paul almost committed a surprising act of honesty, initially answering “We did, and I let people know…”
However, Paul had second thoughts on the matter:
We borrowed the plot lines from Gattaca. It’s a movie. I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie…Nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from.
Paul, ignoring that he had failed to cite Wikipedia entirely, reduces the argument to one of proper footnotes. He contends that “political enemies who have an axe to grind” are “making mountains out of a molehill.”
Paul does, however, admit that he did not create the plot line of Gattaca:
“That’s what’s absurd about this. The plot line from Gattaca belongs to one person: the screenwriter, and I gave him credit for that.”
Gattaca is written by Andrew Niccol, and Paul did not cite him, either…not that it would have been appropriate, unless Mr. Niccol wrote the Wikipedia entry.
When asked about his previous plagiarisms, Paul once again cited “footnotes.”
“This is about information and attacks coming from haters,” says Paul.
Of course, the true issue is that he took words almost verbatim from Wikipedia, and did not bother to cite his source.
This incident shows the world exactly how committed Paul is to the lie of the moment. Even when facts get in the way, it just…didn’t…happen…that…way…
Watch Paul Struggle Uncomfortably Below: