Recently, Rachel Maddow revealed that Rand Paul had plagiarized the Wikipedia page for the movie Gattaca. Paul defended himself against this accusation, saying that there was an issue with proper footnoting, and nothing else. Paul says that he gave credit to the screenwriter, Andrew Niccol, who Paul did not actually cite (or prove he was even able to name), either.
“Footnotes” Paul claims that Maddow and his other enemies are engaging in unwarranted attacks against him. He did nothing wrong.
Despite Paul’s objections to the plagiarism accusations, reality just keeps getting in the way. It has since been revealed that Paul plagiarized three entire pages of his book, Government Bullies from a Heritage Foundation report. Later passages were stolen from the CATO Institute.
Still unapologetic, Paul has promised to “be more careful” in the future, and to avoid further controversy, has embarked on a campaign to scrub evidence of his plagiarism from the internet.
Paul broke down on ABC, rambling incoherently about “footnotes.” He claims that the “footnote police” have “really been dogging” him, still blissfully ignorant that no amount of footnoting can fix the fact that he blatantly plagiarized numerous sources, offering no sourcing or incredibly general sourcing for his stolen statements.
Paul falsely claimed that he was “quoting” Gattaca, but failed to cite secondary sources–once again failing to even acknowledge that his words matched–verbatim–Wikipedia entries about Gattaca rather than the actual movie that he did not quote.
Paul even regressed to the Teabagger solution: threats of violence. Paul said he would solve this problem, not with words, not by an endeavor to do things properly, but by just [email protected]#$ing shooting Rachel Maddow:
“If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up — it would be a duel challenge…”
He goes on to retract the duel request because of his political office.
Paul’s detachment from reality shows no bounds with regard to his reaction to the accusations. He contends that he is being “unfairly targeted by hacks and haters.”
Paul’s solution, besides shooting someone, is simple: he intends to bury his words so deep in footnotes that no one will notice his words…because his words are usually what hurt him anyway.
Watch Paul get REALLY uncomfortable below: