In an October 28 speech at Liberty University in Virginia Rand Paul, in support of Ken Cuccinelli, decided to push the idea that the pro-choice movement is advocating eugenics. He even went so far as to compare the pro-choice endgame to the world of the 1997 movie Gattaca, a futuristic sci-fi movie in which a person’s genetic makeup determines his or her place in the world.
Paul, explained to the gathered masses exactly how horrible this Gattaca-world future for which those who feel that the uterus is above legislation long would be. Those with respect for a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her own body want to kill off anyone whose usefulness to society does not match their desires. Paul, in illustrating this point, displays an ability to conduct research on the topic that matches any American middle schooler’s: he pulled up the Wikipedia!
Maddow, of course, noticed Pauls’ display of plagiarism:
Gattaca was a weird topic for a speech for a Governor’s race to be begin with, but what’s weirder is trying to be a candidate for President–which Rand Paul is trying to do–and thinking that you’re going to get away with lifting your speeches from Wikipedia while you’re doing that.
But Rand Paul, champion of the people, wouldn’t possibly consider using uncited quotes from Wikipedia…right?
Paul introduced the Gattaca theme:
“In the movie Gattaca, in the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”
The Wikipedia page has this to say on the matter:
Rand, in his entirely original speech, continued:
“Due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way to achieve his dream of being an astronaut is he has to become what’s called a “borrowed ladder.”
Wikipedia had this to say:
Of course, Paul had more to say on the issue, pulling the words from his speechwriter’s brain:
“He assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a world-class swimming star with a genetic profile ‘s said to be secondary to none, but he’s been paralyzed in a car accident. Jerome buys his identity, uses his DNA–his blood, his hair, his tissues, his urine–to pass the screenings.”
Wikipedia’s speech writer, of course, said pretty much the same thing.
According to Wikipedia, Paul plagiarized the page at least four times in his criticisms of the pro-choice movement.
Watch Maddow Eviscerate Paul Below: